Meth lab found on Stock Island, Keys cops call it a rarity

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday busted a Stock Island man for allegedly cooking and selling meth -- generally not prevalent in the Keys despite widespread use elsewhere in Florida.

Arrested following a search of a trailer at 6529 Maloney Ave. were William Kirkpatrick, 57, charged with felony meth production, meth possession and prescription drug possession, plus a misdemeanor for initially giving police a fake name.

Also charged are 30-year-old Delia Bryant for felony drug possession; Eric Myles, 37, for felony cocaine and misdemeanor paraphernalia possession; and Elizabeth Ebinger, 43, for felony prescription drug possession and misdemeanor marijuana and paraphernalia possession.

Wednesday, detectives and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents served a search warrant at the trailer around 2 p.m. and say they found 5.3 grams of meth, 19 Dronabinol (a cannabis product given to cancer patients to treat nausea) pills, two grams of cocaine, three grams of powdered amphetamine, two Methadone pills, more than 50 miscellaneous prescription pills, a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Police say they also found equipment and chemicals used to cook meth.

Assistant Monroe County State Attorney Mark Wilson, who prosecutes many Lower Keys drug cases, said he couldn't recall another instance of alleged meth production in Monroe County.

Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin said "we have run across equipment on a very few occasions, which indicated someone might be cooking [meth]. Fortunately, it is not common because it is very difficult to deal with."

Herrin said she's not sure why meth doesn't have an apparent foothold in the Keys. And Key West Police Department spokeswoman Alyson Crean couldn't recall any instances of meth production in the Southernmost City, only possession of small quantities.