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Two arrested on meth charges at home in Sawgrass

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Updated: 1/24 7:22 pm
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Two people are in jail on meth-related charges after a raid at a home in Sawgrass.

Deputies arrested David Christopher Austin, 34, and Kayleigh Adair Wyman, 22, on charges of possession of methamphetamine, production of methamphetamine, maintaining a drug dwelling and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Authorities also arrested John David Whitaker, 26, of Orange Park, who drove to the home during the execution of the search warrant. Whitaker is being held on a charge of driving with a suspended license, but it's possible he could face more charges.

While the area is known for being quiet, neighbor Carol Northrop said she wasn't surprised to hear about the bust.

"Since it happened at the Marriott not that long ago. I probably would've been more shocked but now, it doesn't surprise me," said Northrop.

The raid followed numerous complaints from neighbors about suspicious activity at the home at 188 Bermuda Court.

According to St. Johns County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Kevin Kelshaw, the investigation began two to three weeks ago.

"Although there was not an active lab at the time of the serving of the execution of the warrant there was plenty of evidence that there was a lab there and they had been cooking it there for quite some time," said Kelshaw.

The St. Johns County Hazardous materials team responded to decontaminate those exposed to the meth products, including the people arrested.

Investigators remained tight lipped about what was going on inside the gated community despite our repeated calls and emails sent to Action News from concerned neighbors.

Action News found out about the incident around 9 a.m., but it wasn't until after 1 p.m. that St. Johns County deputies confirmed a Haz-Mat crew was on scene.

"We didn't know until we served the search warrant and got on the property to see what chemicals. Just because we suspect there's chemicals that doesn't mean we're going to find any," said Kelshaw.

Notices were plastered all over the home on Bermuda Court, warning neighbors that whatever chemicals were found inside the house are considered dangerous.

According to Kelshaw, deputies may have never known about the crime had it not been for observant neighbors.

"In a gated community, you're certainly not going to find that information out on your own," said Kelshaw.

All three people arrested are being held at the St. Johns County Jail.
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biblelady2 - 1/24/2014 5:25 PM
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Living in such a nice neighborhood, probably with so much going for them, but they just had to get involved in such awful activities. Their meth products probably have destroyed a few brain cells in others, who stupidly bought from them, too.
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