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PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. –  Two Putnam County men are facing serious charges Friday after deputies said they were found in a condemned home with methamphetamine and two underage girls who were 14 and 15 years old.

Deputies were called to the home on Douglas Street in Georgetown, west of Crescent City, just before midnight Thursday.

The two men are 18-year old Justin Quintana and 18-year old Erasmo Mercado.

Quintana has bonded out of the jail, but Mercado is still behind bars. Mercado listed the condemned home as his address, but since it was condemned by the county, no one had a legal right to be there.

Neighbors in the area have said that the house has been a problem for quite a while.

Friday afternoon, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the home on Douglas Street to give the final all clear, hours after authorities said that Mercado and Quintana were found inside with two young girls and about a gram of methamphetamine. Neighbors said they weren’t surprised.

“The police have been aware of that house for at least 8 months. But they’ve been monitoring it, and they rely on citizens to make calls,” neighbor Michael Rock said.

One of the people to call 911 Thursday was Rock’s neighbor, who heard Quintana and Mercado arrive to the home with the two girls. Because it was condemned, they knew no one was supposed to be there.

“Well, the girls were laughing and carrying on. They went to the back door first and then they went around the front,” Rock said.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Quintana was found inside the house, but once deputies went searching, they said they spotted Mercado and the two girls in the garage hiding under a counter. Police later found the methamphetamine and a credit card used to cut it.

In the incident report, the sheriff’s office reported one of the girls was found wearing only a t-shirt.

When she was asked about it, the deputy said she quote: “admitted she had intentions to have sexual intercourse with Erasmo, however, our presence interrupted that.”

That detail is especially upsetting to those in the area and now that this has happened, neighbors are hoping to see this house gone.

“I just, I hope they tear the place down,” Rock said.

Mercado and Quintana are both charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, plus trespassing. The girls were released to their parents.

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