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Meth lab found in Spring Hill home

Hernando Today staff report

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SPRING HILL - Sheriff's detectives and Drug Enforcement Administration agents reported finding a "one pot" methamphetamine lab at an Elgin Boulevard home Thursday.

The search warrant, served at 11349 Elgin Blvd. in Spring Hill, revealed items used to make meth including coffee filters, pseudoephedrine, drain opener, cold packs, camp fuel, lithium batteries, plastic tubing, butane, glass jars, funnels, a hydrochloric gas generator, plastic bottle caps and reactionary vessels, authorities said.

Five containers used to make meth were found in the home as well, investigators reported. The chemicals were removed and disposed of by a HAZMAT team, according to the sheriff's office.

"This evidence supports that the defendant was participating in the manufacturing of methamphetamine for an extensive period of time leading up to the execution of the search warrant," a sheriff's office media release states.

James Heck, 43, was arrested on charges of trafficking in methamphetamine over 28 grams, manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of a structure for the purpose of manufacturing a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a listed chemical, manufacturing of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was being held in jail on $130,500 bail.

Court records show Heck previously has been convicted of burglary, trespassing, battery, grand theft, retail theft and drunken driving with property damage.

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