4 charged with cooking methamphetamine in North Port

August 27, 2013 

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested four people for trafficking and manufacturing methamphetamine following a joint investigation with the North Port Police Department, according to a sheriff's office news release.

After developing information that there was a meth operation at a residence on Los Rios Street, detectives obtained and executed a search warrant just before 9 p.m. Monday, according to the report.

Inside, detectives found a large container with chemicals, items used to manufacture meth and other paraphernalia. Detectives seized a total of 228 grams of methamphetamine and arrested the four residents of the home, according to the sheriff's office.

Jason Ward, 31, is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of listed chemicals.

Eric Boucher, 25, is charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of listed chemicals, manufacturing methamphetamine and resisting arrest without violence.

Jessica Grote, 27, and Alycia Hatfield, 23, are both charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of listed chemicals.

Sarasota County Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team assisted law enforcement in the raid, ensuring the residence was safe before detectives entered, according to the sheriff's office.

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