Couple arrested for meth lab in Plant City homeless camp

Meth labs and drugs a problem in area camps

A man and a woman were arrested for making and using meth in a homeless camp off of Sammonds Road in Plant City.

Police arrested 38-year-old Patricia Calhoun and 44-year-old Buddy Salisbury earlier this week. According to law enforcement across the Bay Area, meth labs and drugs are a major problem in camps across the area.

We toured several camps in a wooded area in Brandon. They sit next to an apartment complex and behind a busy supermarket. The camps are littered with empty spice packets, beer cans and some materials used to make meth.

"They use this to huff," Deputy Joshua Boyer with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said as he picked up an aerosol can.

Boyer is a homeless outreach deputy. He covers an area encompassing Brandon and Seffner. He estimates up to 50 camp sites across his area of operation.

"They are a hazard," he said. "We didn't see it today, but sometimes you'll see needles just lying around. Batteries are laying out here. You'll see things that are not good for humans." 

One of the main concerns is children running upon one of the camps with dangerous drugs and chemicals present. 

The Sheriff's Office is working to clean the camps up by offering help to the homeless who want to get off the street and trespassing others. 

Boyer says folks should report any camps they find.

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