PUNTA GORDA, FL – The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office arrested three people running a methamphetamine lab east of Punta Gorda Thursday.
Dustin Hays Roth, 28, Sarah Ann Passaro, 21, and Boyd Levi Worth, 44, were arrested and charged with Burglary, Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Narcotics Paraphernalia.
Deputies responded to a possible home burglary call at about 6 a.m. at a vacant home on Washington Loop Road.
They saw 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.
When they walked into the house they saw the kitchen stove and a hairdryer, both on, causing the smoke. Deputies also found a bottle with material inside next to the stove that looked like Methamphetamine that was being cooked.
Deputies cleared the house, Narcotics detectives were called, and a search warrant was obtained. The Charlotte County Hazmat Unit responded, entered the home, collected various Meth cooking equipment, then made sure the scene was safe.
According to Narcotics detectives, a pyrex baking dish was found along with methamphetamine and plastic tubing in the bathroom sink, commonly used in cooking methamphetamine in a one-pot method.
Detectives say they also found several broken batteries that were used in cooking Meth, plus four Zip Lock bags with Meth.
According to detectives, Passaro’s 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. Detectives also found hallucinogenic mushrooms in Passaro’s car.
All three remain in the Charlotte County Jail on various bond amounts. Roth (10th booking), Worth (4th booking) and Passaro (3rd booking).
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 Friday. He did not know any of the three who burglarized his home.