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FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. — Three men were arrested in a Flagler County methamphetamine lab bust.

Flagler County deputies said when they arrived at the scene of a car crash on Pheasant Drive Tuesday Joseph_Canfieldevening, Joseph Canfield told them he had been in a fight, and that he was being chased by someone.

Further investigation led deputies to a Palm Coast home on Philmont Lane, which was near the crash.

Deputies said Canfield told them that Brian Hitas and Kenneth Stancil were in the process of cooking methamphetamine inside the home.

Investigators said they smelled a distinct chemical odor coming from the home and saw buckets and rubber tubing in the yard, which is consistent with the production of methamphetamine.


Authorities said deputies received consent from one of the occupants and they entered the home where they found several methamphetamine “one pots.”

Narcotics detectives neutralized the hazardous materials without incident.

Stancil and Canfield were arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

Hitas was arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine.

“Law enforcement is a dangerous job and we are fortunate to have specially trained narcotics detectives who can respond and take control of situations such as these,” said Flagler County Sheriff James Manfre.

The three were taken to the Flagler County Detention Facility.

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