Middleburg meth lab leads to arrest

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David Thompson
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MIDDLEBURG – An investigation by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office has resulted in charges of methamphetamine trafficking for a Middleburg man.

David Marshall Thompson, 46, was arrested Oct. 24 after detectives conducted a routine review of pseudoephedrine purchases using the national database, the National Precursor Log Exchange, which tracks pseudoephedrine sales. Det. Gary Lavaron said Thompson had purchased the cold medicine at an area CVS drug store on Oct. 24.

According to the police report, Thompson had purchased the cold medicine – a key ingredient in making meth – 30 times between Nov. 16, 2011 and Oct. 25, 2013.

"During this same time period D. Thompson had been declined the sale of pseudoephedrine on one occasion," stated the report. "I recognized the purchase patterns as being consistent with someone involved with the manufacturing of methamphetamine."

Detectives interviewed Thompson at a home in the 3400 block of Havenwood Road in Middleburg where they found the toxic chemicals in a shed in the back of the from page 24

property. "When the door opened, a cloud of chemical smoke billowed from the shed," the report said.

A Clay County Fire and Rescue Hazardous Materials Unit responded to the site to determine whether the atmosphere was "stable enough for law enforcement to enter and remove the items related to methamphetamine manufacturing."

Thompson was arrested and taken to the Clay County Jail for booking. In addition to the trafficking charge, he faces one count each of manufacturing methamphetamine and two counts of possession of a listed chemical after officers seized acetone and hydrochloric acid from the premises. He is being held without bond.

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