UPDATE: The Panama City Police Department is investigating an incident where an active methamphetamine lab was discovered at a residence and three persons were arrested.
The Panama City Police Department investigated complaints from citizens about suspicious activity at Pinewood Village Apartments located at 4455 W. 19th Street, apartment 42. On January 22, 2013, at approximately 9:30 pm, Investigators with Panama City Police Department's Special Operations Unit located an active "Shake and Bake" lab inside the residence.
Three people were removed from the residence for their safety and detained. Trained special investigators wearing protective equipment rendered the chemical lab and its contents safe. The debris were properly contained and disposed of. The Panama City Fire Department assisted on scene as safety and recovery in the dangerous process of dismantling the lab and related chemicals.
The three persons arrested and charged in connection to this investigation are Joseph C. Kelley, 32 years of and, William J. Stevens, 32 years of age, and Austin I. Whitmire, 22 years of age. Kelley was charged with Keep/Maintain a Drug House, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Stevens was charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Manufacture of Methamphetamine, and Manufacture of Drug Paraphernalia. Whitmire was charged with Violation of Probation in reference to a previous methamphetamine related charge. All three listed the above address as their residence.
This case remains under investigation and more criminal charges are pending. If you have any information in reference to this incident, please contact Investigator Bill McAlinden at the Panama City Police Department, 850-872-3112, or you can report your tips anonymously to CrimeStoppers at 850-785-TIPS.
Last night, authorities were called to what they believe to be a possible meth lab.
Panama City Police and Fire officials responded to Pine Wood Village at 4455 W. 19th Street around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night.
Lieutenant Robert Luther of the Panama City Police says specially trained teams entered the apartment of the alleged meth lab to make sure the area could be deemed safe and cleaned of any toxins.
PCPD says that persons of interest were detained on scene.