(October 10, 2013)- Cape Coral Police Department Vice Intelligence & Narcotics (VIN) detectives, working in conjunction with the Cape Coral Police Department Street Crimes Unit (SCU), obtained information that a meth lab was operating at 708 SE 4th Terrace, Unit A, Cape Coral, Lee County, Florida. Detectives were able to gather sufficient probable cause and they obtained a search warrant which was served at that residence on October 9, 2013.
The search of the residence yielded paraphernalia and chemicals used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, to include 3.1 lbs. of "meth oil."
Arrested: Darren Fretwell, DOB 04/09/81. Fretwell was charged with possession of a structure for trafficking in or manufacturing a controlled substance with a minor present F.S.S 893.1351 (3) and child neglect F.S.S 827.03 (2d). Also arrested was his sister, Michelle Fretwell DOB 06/25/82. Michelle Fretwell was charged with child neglect F.S.S 827.03 (2d) due to the fact that she was aware of her brother cooking methamphetamine while making no attempt to remove her children to a safe place.
DCF was notified and the children were taken into protective custody. CCFD HAZMAT responded and the location was decontaminated and made safe.
"Meth labs, even small ones, pose a significant risk to the health and safety not only to those involved in the illicit activity, but unknowing neighbors and children as well. Meth labs are dangerous, involving toxic and volatile chemicals that can explode, causing serious injury or death. Our VIN Detectives and SCU Officers are to be commended for the good old fashioned police work that they did- from initially obtaining the leads to executing the warrant and shutting this dangerous lab down."- Det. Sergeant Dana S. Coston, Cape Coral Police Department Public Affairs Officer