Detectives find meth lab in Lecanto
By Ashley Sorrell

Citrus County Sheriff's detectives arrested a 34-year-old man on four different charges, including selling and manufacturing methamphetamine, after they found an alleged methamphetamine laboratory, according to a police report.

Edmond Louis Lozado, 38, 6465 W. Orange Lane, Crystal River, was arrested at 10:20 a.m. Wednesday, June 1, on charges of being a felon in possession of a pistol, selling and manufacturing methamphetamine, possessing chemicals to make methamphetamine and possessing drug paraphernalia, according to the report.

Sheriff's detectives responded to 4980 S. Ricebird, Lecanto, to serve a warrant for Rachel Roxanna Brooks on charges of possessing and selling methamphetamine, according to the report.

Upon arriving at Brooks' house, Lozado exited the house and stated Brooks did not live at the residence, Detective Thomas Beagan said in the report.

Beagan saw Brooks in the house and informed her of the warrant for her arrest that dates back to April 15, when the Sheriff's Department Special Investigations Unit conducted a controlled purchase of methamphetamine from Brooks with the help of a confidential informant, according to the report.

In the report, Beagan said Brooks told him there were narcotics in the house and shed.

Sheriff's detectives continued to unlock the shed and discovered what appeared to be a methamphetamine lab, according to the report.

In the report, Brooks denied knowing about the lab, saying Lozado has the only keys to the shed.

Sheriff's detectives searched Brooks' house and found a cigar box with marijuana seeds, drug paraphernalia, marijuana and a gray box containing paraphernalia, a handgun and methamphetamine products, according to the report.

In the report, Brooks admitted to the items on the table being hers, but said the items in the gray box were Lozado's.

Sheriff's detectives contacted Haz Mat to test and identify hazardous chemicals used for cooking methamphetamine, according to the report.

A cleanup crew was brought to the residence to clean up the methamphetamine lab.

Lozado was transported to the Citrus County Detention Facility where he is being held on a $50,500 bond.

Brooks was also transported to the Citrus County Detention Facility, where she is being held on a $15,000 bond.

According to the report, detectives discovered more than 24 grams of methamphetamine at the residence.