Report: FWC officer shut down roadside meth lab

Cruise down Florida's highways and byways and you'll find all sorts of roadside vendors selling anything from fruit to rugs.

But you usually won't find a roadside meth shake 'n bake lab.

Until now.

Last Tuesday evening an FWC officer spotted Rusty Bates and another dude standing by the trunk of a car parked on the side of U.S. Highway 1 in Volusia County in the process of “shakin’ and bakin’” – that is, making methamphetamine with a plastic drink bottle, according to a news release from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). 

After Bates quickly tried to hide the bottle inside a small cooler and destroy the evidence, the officer told the men to stay by the front of the car, the release ststed.

When the officer tried to stop Bates, the 48-year-old Port Orange man allegedly began to fight, grabbed the officer around the waist and tried to grab his gun.

But the officer quickly subdued the suspected meth mastermind and handcuffed him.

Bates was charged with Resisting an Officer with Violence, Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer and Tampering with Evidence. Drug charges are pending. The other man was not arrested.