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3 arrested in DeLand meth lab bust after kids found inside home

Strange smell prompts police investigation

DeLAND, Fla. – Three people were arrested Wednesday morning in a DeLand meth lab bust after a strange smell prompted a well-being check on the home.

The investigation was underway in a home on West Howry Avenue, where two children were found sleeping inside.

Cortney Campbell, David Velarde and Aaron Voss were arrested on Wednesday morning. Campbell, whose 3-year-old and 7-month-old were found inside the home, was charged with child neglect, drug possession and manufacturing methamphetamine.Voss was charged with aggravated assault, principal to child abuse, robbery with a firearm, neglect of a child, manufacturing methamphetamine with a child present and drug possession. Velarde was charged with driving with suspended license, manufacturing methamphetamine, child neglect and drug possession. 

The investigation was prompted by Campbell's grandmother, whose other granddaughter visited the home and reported smelling pungent odors.

When police arrived, they say smelled the chemical odor and saw two men holding clear plastic bottles with a black granulated substance and liquid, according to the report.

Police said upon investigating, they found items for producing methamphetamine. Campbell's two children were turned over to the custody of her family and the Department of Children and Families has been notified.

News 6 was on scene as crews dressed in full protective suits pulled bags out of the home.

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