ST. LUCIE COUNTY — A 38-year-old man was arrested Monday after St. Lucie County Sheriff’s investigators found methamphetamine in the beginning stages of production in his shed on Edwards Road, according to an affidavit and a report released Tuesday.
Roger Dale Greeley was arrested on a felony manufacture methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school or church charge after sheriff’s and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officials executed a search warrant Monday at a shed at Greeley’s listed address in the 4800 block of Edwards Road. The address is about 100 feet from a Christian school.
Sheriff’s officials this year have shut down at least eight meth labs — not including the Greeley lab. Police in Port St. Lucie have raided at least three others.
Greeley detailed to investigators the meth-making process he was using, saying he produces the drug for himself to feed his addiction. He said he initially got involved with meth when he was about 23 or 24 “when the rave scene was big,” a report states.
In general, methamphetamine manufacturing is considered highly dangerous. The chemicals involved are volatile, and meth labs have been known to explode.
A key meth-making ingredient is pseudoephedrine, an over-the-counter medication that’s used to treat nasal congestion.
Investigators found receipts for pseudoephedrine purchases in the Greeley probe, along with empty pseudoephedrine packaging.
The Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005 mandates that retailers of non-prescription items containing pseudoephedrine, ephedrine or phenylpropanolamine to keep them behind the counter or locked in a cabinet, according to the DEA. Consumers must sign a logbook and show identification when making a purchase.
Investigators got the search warrant for Greeley’s shed after contacting him to discuss his “excessive” pseudoephedrine purchases.
Meth can be snorted, swallowed, smoked or injected. Those who abuse meth can show a variety of behaviors, including anxiety, insomnia, violent tendencies and hallucinations, according to the DEA.
Greeley was held Tuesday in the St. Lucie County Jail on $75,000 bail, a jail official said.