Traffic Stop for Expired Plate Reveals Active Mobile Meth Lab
Bostwick, FL: On August 16, 2014 at approximately 5:30 pm Putnam County Sheriff’s Deputy James Heath conducted a traffic stop on a blue Ford Courier he observed traveling on State Road 17 with an expired license plate. It was determined the driver, 49 year old Johnny Whitaker Tilton, had a suspended drivers license and a driving history that included six previous suspensions and three prior convictions for driving with a suspended license. Further investigation revealed that Tilton also had an active warrant out of Clay County for manufacturing methamphetamine. Tilton was placed under arrest for the Clay County warrant. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, an active clandestine methamphetamine lab was located in the trunk. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Meth Lab Team responded to the scene to safely neutralize the one pot lab.
Tilton was transported to the Putnam County Jail and booked on the charges of the possession of drugs, the production of drugs, and a moving traffic violation for driving on a suspended license. Tilton is currently being held on a bond of $10,512.00