[cape coral logo patch alpha] CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT

Public Affairs Office

1100 Cultural Park Blvd

Cape Coral, FL 33990

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Case Update: Meth Lab Suspects Sentenced to Prison

(October 29, 2012)- Two Cape Coral residents who were arrested by Narcotics Detectives in a meth lab bust in March have been sentenced to prison.

Michelle Bishop received 4 years in state prison followed by 5 years of state probation for her role in the operation as well as having children present in the home.

Christopher Evans received 5 years in state prison followed by 5 years of state probation for his role in the operation. Evans' sentence is three years minimum mandatory with a $50,000 fine.

A third suspect in the crime, Russell Baxter, 28 of Cape Coral, received 80 months in prison as well as a $50,000 fine (three years minimum mandatory).

"This was a rock-solid case put together by our narcotics detectives. Meth is a dangerous drug both for the users as well as the surrounding neighborhood where it is manufactured. This type of an operation has no place in Cape Coral. This case is a credit to the hard work of our detectives as well as swift action by the court system which resulted in criminals being removed from our city"-Lieutenant Tony Sizemore.

(Original release below)

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Cape Coral Police Narcotics Detectives Bust Meth-Lab

(March 22, 2012)- Cape Coral Police Narcotics Detectives take down a suspected meth-lab. Detectives, Forensics Personnel and Hazmat Crews dismantled a meth manufacturing operation at 2122 Jacaranda Parkway West. The Lee County Bomb Squad and DEA assisted in the dismantling of the operation inside of the home. Cape Coral Code Enforcement has deemed the house unlivable due to the presence of dangerous chemicals used to make methamphetamine. Hazmat crews have removed the dangerous chemicals and the threat to the neighborhood has been removed.

Detectives, who began investigating the meth lab after receiving a tip, have arrested two suspects. Michelle Bishop and Christopher Evans, both of 2122 Jacaranda were arrested by Detectives on charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine with Minors Present, Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Trafficking methamphetamine and Child Neglect. The minor children in the home have been taken into custody by DCF. Detectives recovered over 12 ounces of manufactured methamphetamine from the home. (Over 6 grams constitutes trafficking in methamphetamine).