STUART, Fla. – Martin County Sheriff’s detectives are seeing a rash of meth labs in Martin County.
The latest meth lab shut down by deputies, was at a mobile home on SW Tropical Terrace near Stuart on February 25th.
In that case, three men were arrested, including Joshua LaFramboise, 24, who officials say was a key distributor and seller of meth.
In December 2013, at a home on NW 13th Street in Jensen Beach, they arrested Mark Ramsey, 51.
Even from a wheelchair, investigators say Ramsey was able to run his meth lab.
And in October 2013, Jessie Jones, 32, of Palm City, was arrested for running a meth lab.
They say he suffered second and third degree burns on his face when the meth lab at the townhouse he rented blew up. This took place in a gated community, Sunset Trace at Martin Downs.
“Within the last year or so, we’ve had five cases and we’re very concerned about that,” said William Snyder, Martin County Sheriff.
He says one possible reason for the increase in meth labs is because pill mills have been forced out of business due to recent changes in the law.
This has made it tougher for abusers to get prescription painkillers, and some have turned to meth.
Some are making it for their own use, others are making it and selling it.
There have been five meth labs closed down by the Martin County Sheriff’s Office since November 30, 2012.