Scott Shaw and Lindsey Chum of Deltona, Florida were arrested Wednesday after police found materials for a meth lab, along with quantities of the drug itself, inside their vehicle, news sources report. Shaw, 22, was booked into police custody on charges of possessing listed chemicals, while Chum, 35, was booked on charges of possessing a controlled substance, possessing meth with the intent to sell, and possessing drug paraphernalia. A judge set Shaw and Chum’s bail bond at $2,500. It is unclear whether the defendants have hired criminal defense lawyers.
According to reports, the incident occurred around 4:40 Wednesday evening on Elkcam Boulevard in Deltona. Officers reportedly witnessed Shaw drive through a stop sign at an Elkcam Boulevard intersection in a Saturn station wagon. The officers pulled Shaw over and questioned him, sources say. Shaw apparently appeared nervous.
Meanwhile, another officer questioned Chum, who was a passenger in the car. After stepping out of the vehicle, Chum allegedly admitted that she had “stuff” in her possession. Chum reportedly revealed a small plastic case containing methamphetamine and a broken piece of a pill. Chum also had a pipe used for smoking meth, coffee filters containing meth, and a plastic baggie with white powdery residue, sources allege.
An officer searched the vehicle and reportedly located a small safe in the rear. The officers asked Shaw what the safe contained. “A lab,” he reportedly responded. Officers apparently found cold medicine, lighter fluid, salt, batteries, plastic tubing, and a pipe cutter in the safe. The contents of the safe resembled those of a meth lab, sources say.
The officers also allegedly located a cache of pseudoephedrine (an allergy medicine used to make methamphetamine) and a plastic soda bottle with white, powdery residue inside a garbage bag in the car. Shaw and Chum were subsequently arrested. It is not clear whether any other suspects were involved in the alleged meth manufacturing.
In other news, Gainesville resident Daron Brown was arrested after he fled police on a dirt bike because he was “bored,” sources report. Brown, 18, was booked into the Alachua County Jail on charges of driving an unregistered vehicle and fleeing police. A judge set his bail at $12,000. It is unclear whether he has hired legal representation.
According to reports, the chase began at around 6:25 Saturday evening on Northeast 15th Street. An officer on patrol reportedly spotted Brown speeding and driving unsafely on a red dirt bike with no license plate. The officer reportedly followed Brown to the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center parking lot. When Brown saw the deputy, he reportedly turned onto Northeast 15th Street.
More police got involved, and Brown turned onto Northeast 12th Street, sources say. The chase reached speeds of 80 to 90 miles per hour as Brown attempted to avoid police, sources indicate. Brown led police to a home at 2831 Northeast 15th St., where he got off his bike and went inside the residence. After being surrounded by police, he gave himself up, sources say. Brown was not charged with trespassing, but reports do not mention whether he lives at the home.