RIVERVIEW — Four adults were charged and three young children were taken into custody Wednesday after Hillsborough investigators uncovered a drug-manufacturing operation.
Acting on an anonymous tip, Hillsborough deputies searched a house at 11506 Brancato Lane and found two generators and two vessels used in the production of methamphetamine, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Three children, ages 5, 3 and 6 months, found inside were turned over to child protective investigators, deputies said.
Kenneth Turknett, 28, Stephanie Claphan, 26, and Autumn Vanveen, 26, all residents of the house, were arrested on drug trafficking, manufacture and possession charges, as well as child neglect with great bodily harm.
John Turknett, 34, of 11703 Tucker Road, was also inside the house. He was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia.
Deputies recovered more than 14 grams of liquid methamphetamine, a .22-caliber revolver, prescription narcotics and numerous pipes, the Sheriff’s Office said. Investigators also found camp fuel, commonly used to make meth, stored inside a baby bottle. Several of the items were within arm’s reach of the children, the Sheriff’s Office said.