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    Daytona Beach cops bust meth lab; drugs found in bra of teen girl who bites officer


    Everett Gonzalez, shown at far left, along with Steven Michael Rankin are inccarcerated on charges related to a meth lab in Daytona Beach. Click on the attachment below to read the full police report.

    DAYTONA BEACH – Police responding to a complaint of a missing juvenile busted a methamphetamine lab Saturday and arrested three people, including the teen girl reported missing who stuffed drugs in her bra and bit one of the ooficers telling him she hoped he got rabies, according to a police report.

    The missing juvenile, 16-year-old Amber Marie Taynor, of Port Orange, was charged with possession of marijuana under 20 grams, battery on a law enforcement officer, possession of drug paraphernalia, trafficking in methamphetamine and manufacturing of methamphetamine. She was taken into custody a a juvenile holding facility.

    When an officer tried to stop the girl from leaving, she bit his wrist and stated, "I hope you got rabies," according to the police report. The bite did not break the officer's skin.

    In addition to meth on the premesis, police found a small amount of marijuana in a plastic baggie in the girl's bra.

    Everett Gonzalez, 21,  of Daytona Beach, was charged with trafficking in methamphetamines, manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of marijuana over 20 grams. He was taken to the Branch Jail on a total bond of $51,500 for all three charges.

    Steven Michael Rankin, 20, of Daytona Beach, was arrested for violating parole on a charge of burglary. He was taken to the Branch Jail with no bond.

    Police contacted Gonzalez after knocking on the door of a home at 1115 Hampton Road. Gonzalez gave permission for police and the girl’s mother to go inside the home. However, the front door was locked accidentally by Gonzalez, according to the police report.

    “I had to crawl in the front window,” Lt. Steven Wright wrote in the police account. Once inside, Wright encountered Rankin, who was told to go outside. As Wright searched for Taynor he reported seeing “in plain view” numerous glass pipes, clear baggies and a bottle with tan and white power.

    Wright found Gonzalez, who gave police permission to search the residence. In a cooler, police discovered chemicals, tubes, and glass products used in methamphetamine labs.

    Police logged 45 grams of marijuana and 365 grams of methamphetamine. Gonzalez told police he can only make money in the illegal drug trade because he’s a convicted felon and cannot get a job.


    The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office will establish five drop-off points on Saturday as part of a national effort to help residents dispose of unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs. The five drop-off sites, at Sheriff’s district offices in DeLand, Deltona, DeBary, Holly Hill and New Smyrna Beach, will be open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Saturday’s program is part of a national Prescription Drug Take Back Day being coordinated across the country by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, or DEA. It’s in response to studies that show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet. More than 300 tons of unwanted pills were collected during two previous Take Back Days held in September 2010 and April of this year.

    The Sheriff’s Office’s drop-off sites for Saturday are as follows:

    • 1706 S. Woodland Blvd., DeLand

    • 1691 Providence Blvd., Deltona

    • 94 S. U.S. Highway 17-92, DeBary

    • 999 3rd Street, Holly Hill

    • 101 E. Canal Street, New Smyrna Beach




    NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- A man and woman were arrested after police found a methamphetamine lab in their home, police said.

    David Williams, 46, and Angel Lee Sommo, 30 were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, said New Smyrna Beach police Sgt. Eugene Griffith.

    According to an arrest report, someone called police after seeing smoke coming out of the Greenlawn Street home, saying that it was possibly narcotics-related.

    Police went to the home at 8:37 p.m. Thursday. When Williams opened the door, the apartment was filled with smoke. Williams reached over the stove and threw a coffee filter into the trash can but the smoke did not smell like burning food, police said.

    Williams said Sommo was in the bathroom taking a shower but after the officer did not hear water running, he asked Williams to tell Sommo to get out, Concerned for Sommo's well being, the officer entered the bathroom and found Sommo sitting on the toilet in a daze, the arrest report shows.

    The officer also spotted utensils and chemicals used to make methamphetamine. The Volusia Sheriff's Office Narcotics Taskforce was called to help. Among the things at the home, investigators found a Drano bottle, muratic acid, a butane torch and a digital scale along with glass pipes used to smoke methamphetamine, police said.



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