PUNTA GORDA, Fla.- The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office shut down a working methamphetamine lab in a vacant home at 37591 Washington Loop Road east of Punta Gorda and arrested three people. Dustin Hays Roth, 28, Sarah Ann Passaro, 21, and Boyd Levi Worth, 44, were arrested.
CCSO road deputies responded to a possible home burglary call at 6 a.m. Thursday and observed a brown Cadillac behind the home with Passaro in the driver’s seat. Deputies then saw Roth and Worth through a door window standing by the kitchen stove and the house full of smoke. Believing they may have started a fire, deputies entered the home to make sure they were safe. Upon entering, deputies observed the kitchen stove and a hairdryer, both on, causing the smoke. Also observed was a bottle with material inside next to the stove that looked like Methamphetamine was being cooked.
The house was cleared, Narcotics detectives were called, and a search warrant obtained. The Charlotte County Hazmat Unit responded, entered the home, collected various Meth cooking equipment, then made sure the scene was safe.
In various rooms of the house, Narcotics detectives located a Pyrex baking dish with Methamphetamine and plastic tubing in the bathroom sink commonly used in cooking methamphetamine in a one-pot method. Several broken batteries were seized that were used in cooking Meth, plus four Zip Lock bags with Meth. Passaro’s purse was located in a bedroom closet; the purse contained quantities of Alprazolam, Oxycodone and Valium pills; a digital scale, several syringes, two spoons with Opiate residue, two plastic bags with Meth residue; and four packs of Pseudoephedrine, an ingredient commonly used in cooking Meth. A search of the vehicle that Passaro was driving located Hallucinogenic Mushrooms.
All three remain in the Charlotte County Jail on various bond amounts. Roth (10th booking), Worth (4th booking) and Passaro (3rd booking) were each charged with Burglary, Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Narcotics Paraphernalia. Passaro was additionally charged with Possession of Oxycodone and Possession of Hallucinogenic Mushrooms. Roth, a convicted felon, also received additional charges in connection with two undercover Narcotics detective purchases from him on April 3 and 4. The charges were two counts each for Sale and Delivery of Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Narcotics Paraphernalia.
The home owner was contacted and said the home was being sold and the closing was today (Friday). He did not know any of the three who burglarized his home. Anyone with knowledge of illegal drug activity is asked to please call the CCSO Narcotics Unit at 941-575-2157, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).