By Jessica Tuggle
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- All four people arrested on charges of creating methamphetamine last week are still incarcerated at the Indian River County Jail.
The Indian River County Multi Agency Criminal Enforcement unit arrested three men and one woman on May 9 in what is being hailed as one of the Treasure Coast's largest methamphetamine laboratory busts in history.
Clinton Brandon. Story, 30, and Edward William McElhenny, 50, of 1913 22nd Ave., Vero Beach, were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.
At the same address, Angela Christine Story, 32, and Paul Richardson, 27, were charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.
The arrests and search of the home came after a five-week investigation by local law enforcement and assistance from the Drug Enforcement Administration methamphetamine lab team, a press release said.
"We are pleased that the MACE Unit was able to locate and, with the assistance of the DEA, dismantle this lab before anyone was seriously hurt," Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar said in a press release. "The amount of chemicals within this house was not only a dangerous inhalant hazard to the occupants but acted as a potential explosive compound which could have affected neighbors."
Officers discovered 21 containers used to manufacture the drug, as well as other equipment and supplies community used to create the substance, law enforcement said.
A large bag was also discovered on the property with identification information of Mr. McElhenny, and it contained all the supplies necessary to manufacture the drug anywhere, including the back of a vehicle, said Indian River County Detective Sargent Anthony Civita in a press release