Arrest warrant to be issued for cultivation of marijuana

The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit issued an arrest warrant for Leonard William Mathews, Jr., 46, of St. Marks Feb. 28 after a search warrant was executed at a Mock Street residence involved in the manufacture of methamphetamine, according to Sheriff Charlie Creel.

During the execution of the meth lab warrant, a marijuana grow operation was also discovered. The owner/ landlord of the structure, Leonard Mathews Jr., were contacted during the raid. Marijuana was observed in plain view and the owner gave consent to search the residence. During the search a total of three indoor grow sites were located inside the residence. The grow rooms were outfitted with grow lamps, fans and associated air duct work.

The meth lab search warrant was based on a two month investigation where methamphetamine was being manufactured inside an apartment rented and occupied by Eric Nelson Taylor, 37. During the search detectives located an active meth lab inside the residence as well as remnants of at least four prior cooks. The search revealed several other components and chemicals commonly used in the production of methamphetamine. Taylor was arrested on charges of methamphetamine manufacture, trafficking methamphetamine, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The marijuana growing operations were dismantled and seized by the Wakulla Sheriff's Office. A total of 86 marijuana plants were seized, valued at $86,000. The plants were all in different stages of maturity. An additional amount of drying marijuana leaves and buds totaled 502.6 grams. Arrest warrants are being issued for Mathews charging him with marijuana cultivation.