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UPDATE: Lee Meth bust may be their largest

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Lee Co. Sheriff Reggie Rachals Lee Co. Sheriff Reggie Rachals
Corporal Eric Strom and Corporal Marcus Harris along with K-9 "Ricky" are credited with making the find Corporal Eric Strom and Corporal Marcus Harris along with K-9 "Ricky" are credited with making the find

We are learning more about a mobile meth lab bust early Saturday in Lee County.

Two people were arrested after deputies discovered the lab during major road block. It's one of the biggest mobile meth busts in the county, and the sheriff is glad the drug didn't make it on the streets.

Road blocks Friday night in Lee County may have slowed traffic, but they're credited with taking a dangerous and addictive drug off the streets.

 "I know it's an inconvenience for drivers to have to stop and get their license checked. But it's times like this it really counts," said Lee Co. Sheriff Reggie Rachals.

It was just after midnight Saturday when deputies grew suspicious of the driver of a Mazda sedan. Their hunch paid off. They discovered a mobile meth lab in the trunk.

"We made several cases that night and most of them were drug related. This ended it. By the time we found out what was going on, it stopped the road block and we close the streets off," said Rachals.

An ADDU agent carefully removed the components from the truck of the car. Highly flammable or dangerous meth ingredients like liquid heat, camp fuel, Drano, and lye.

Corporal Eric Strom and Corporal Marcus Harris along with K-9 "Ricky" are credited with making the find during the safety check at the corner of Cedric Street and Old Leesburg Road.

28-year-old Derek Smith of Nashville was arrested on several charges including possession and manufacturing of methamphetamine. His passenger Dawn Exum, who recently moved to Lee County, was charged with possession of schedule III controlled substance.

Sheriff Rachals says the mobile lab was likely heading to Exum's neighborhood to be cooked. "It would be out on the streets and would have been cooking as we speak. I'm glad we found it. That's what these road blocks are for, getting drugs off the streets."

While Exum bonded out, Smith remains in jail without bond, charged in one of the largest mobile lab busts Lee law enforcers have ever seen.

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