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2 charged after authorities find meth lab in Sanford home

Posted October 27, 2017 11:20 a.m. EDT

Aaron Taylor Moore, 25, and Sarah Elaine Smith, 25

— Lee County authorities arrested two people after a meth lab was found in a Sanford home.

Narcotics agents with the Lee County Sheriff's Office were dispatched on Oct. 25 to a home on Pickard Road after parole officers found what they thought were components of methamphetamine manufacturing. A Lee County narcotics expert confirmed that the components found were part of an active meth lab.

Authorities, including the State Bureau of Investigation, seized all of the potentially dangerous materials and arrested Aaron Taylor Moore, 25, who lives at the home, and Sarah Elaine Smith, 25.

Moore was charged with several felonies, including possession of precursors with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine, according to the sheriff's office. He was jailed under a $20,000 secured bond.

When officers initially talked with Smith, she told them her name was Carla Smith. When authorities learned her real name, she was charged with identity theft and felony absconding.

The next day, agents learned Smith was involved in manufacturing the drug because she bought pseudoephedrine—one of the drugs involved in making meth—at a Walgreens. She was then charged with possession with the intent to distribute an immediate precursor chemical that would be used in the methamphetamine manufacturing process, and 1 count of felony conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.