CAPE CORAL, Fla.- Cape Coral Police officers discovered a mobile meth lab while they were investigating a suspicious vehicle yesterday.
Officers responded to the intersection of NW 18th Avenue and NW 27th Terrace, and located a vehicle with two men inside. They say they saw a meth pipe laying in plain view on the passenger seat while speaking to the subjects, and detained them while they began a narcotics investigation.
Keith Lakin, 32, admitted that the pipe belonged to him and that he used it to smoke methamphetamine.
Officers searched the vehicle for additional narcotics and paraphernalia. Under the passenger's seat and in the floorboard behind it, officers located a “one pot” methamphetamine lab and numerous items used in the production of methamphetamine.
Field tests were conducted on the meth oil that was in the mobile lab which yielded a positive result for methamphetamine and a total weight of 31.5 ounces.
Lakin was arrested for manufacturing and trafficking in methamphetamine. He was transported to the Cape Coral Police Department for processing then later to Lee County Jail.
The investigation revealed that the other occupant of the vehicle had no involvement with the methamphetamine and was not charged.
Due to the toxic and volatile nature of the chemicals that were found, a hazardous materials disposal team had to respond to safely dismantle and dispose of the lab.