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News Date: 10/3/2007 

 Meth Lab Located in Wahneta, Two Arrested for Manufacture of Meth 


Polk County Sheriff’s undercover Narcotics detectives arrested a man and woman in Wahneta this evening, Wednesday, October 3, 2007, after discovering a meth lab on the man’s property.

Detectives responded to 621 Morgan Road in the Wahneta area of Winter Haven this afternoon after
receiving a tip that the homeowner was growing marijuana on the premises. The homeowner, Erin
Trent Harris, DOB 9/14/72, agreed to walk the detectives over his property, which consists of a few
acres off Rifle Range Road. The detectives did not find any marijuana being cultivated, but did notice a
small motor home in the backyard with a fan running in it and hoses running to it. When asked if they
could investigate the motor home further, Harris allowed them. Inside, detectives found an active meth
lab, complete with glass containers, plastic tubing, and the following chemicals used in the manufacture
of methamphetamines: muriatic acid, Coleman lantern fuel, pseudoephedrine pills, and lithium
batteries.

During a post-Miranda interview, Harris admitted to using the chemicals and materials to manufacture
meth, along with Kristi Elliott, DOB 12/16/70, who gave an address of 1130 North Lake Parker bldg
A, Apt 107 in Lakeland, but said she was living in the motor home where the lab was. Both Harris and
Elliott were arrested and charged with Manufacture of Meth, Possession of Meth, and Possession of
Drug Paraphernalia. Harris was also charged with Possession of Cannabis, and Elliott was also charged
with Giving a False Name to Law Enforcement. They are being booked into the Polk County Jail this
evening, where they will remain under no bond until a first appearance hearing tomorrow.

Sheriff Judd says, “Thanks to another tip from an anonymous source, we were able to shut down a
meth-making operation and put more criminals behind bars. This is the fourth time in a one-week time
frame that citizens have helped us take drugs off the street, by being aware of their neighbors’ criminal
activities and doing the right thing by calling us.”