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3 charged with 'cooking' meth in Venice motel room

SARASOTA -- Three Kentucky residents have been charged with "cooking" methamphetamine" in a Venice motel room, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office

Deputies on Friday responded to a report of a burglary on Blackburn Road in Nokomis, according to a news release.

"While on scene, a lawn maintenance person approached deputies and told them three people from Kentucky had worked for him and mowed the property on the day of the burglary," the report states.

Deputies found the suspects' vehicle at the Motel 6 in Venice and found stolen items, including a television, computer monitor and cash box in their room and car.

"Deputies also found a makeshift meth lab in the hotel room and nearly two grams of the drug," the sheriff's office said.

Michael Neace, 39, is charged with theft, manufacturing of methamphetamine and possession of listed chemicals. He is being held on bonds totaling $6,500.

Edman Matthew Hughes, 37, is charged with burglary, principle to manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of listed chemicals. He is being held on bonds totaling $22,500.

Jennifer Harrison, 36, is charged with possession of a controlled substance, principle to manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of listed chemicals. She is being held on bonds totaling $20,000.

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