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More than 40 people face charges after multiagency meth investigation

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Updated: 6/12/2013 11:51 pm

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- More than three dozen people now face meth-related charges after a multi-agency sweep in St. Johns County.

Investigators with the St. Johns, Clay, and Flagler county sheriff's offices, along with St. Augustine and St. Augustine Beach police departments, the Drug Enforcement Administration  and the FDLE have arrested 32 people.
Warrants were issued for 11 others.

"Methamphetamine, as all of you know, has become a scourge in our community," said St. Johns County Sheriff David Shoar.

A year-and-a-half long investigation has focused on pharmaceutical logs to identify and track possible suspects who were producing and distributing methamphetamine. Detectives looked for people buying large amounts of pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in making the drug.

Three meth labs were discovered in the 5000 block of Avenue B, 1400 block of San Juline Circle, and the 2500 block of A1A South.

"What's unique in this case is we're going to be charging some with conspiracy at the state level. To the best of my knowledge, that's the first time that's happened in North Florida," said Shoar.

The investigation is ongoing. Those with information are urged to contact authorities through the Crime Stoppers hotline: (888) 277-TIPS.

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