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Citrus residents accused of operating meth lab in kitchen

Staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 20, 2013 at 05:40 PM
HOMOSASSA -

Local and federal agents arrested three people today on charges of operating a methamphetamine lab in their kitchen.

James Bole, 30, and Crystal Dennis, 25, both of Homosassa, are facing federal charges stemming from what agents found at their home on Kimberly Court.

Jeffrey Carpenter, 32, also of Homosassa, was arrested hours later by agents searching for him, found hiding in closet of an undisclosed home.

Deputies with the Citrus County Sheriff's Office and agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration searched the home and found meth residue on nearly every surface, including kitchen counters and furniture.

Agents said the pair were preparing for their next drug cook.

Three young children, all under age 10, were taken from the home by officials with the Florida Department of Children and Families.

Police described the conditions of the home were deplorable. Deputies said they found trenches of human waste, holes in the flooring, exposed wiring, broken glass and an open septic well.

County code enforcement and environmental health officials also inspected the home and said they expect it to be condemned and destroyed.

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