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 August 26th, 2010  
St. Lucie County Sheriff's deputies serving search warrant Thursday night discover methamphetamine lab at Port St. Lucie home, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara
Detectives of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office serving a search warrant at a Port St. Lucie home Thursday night found a methamphetamine lab, evacuated nearby homes and sent for a team of federal experts to deal with the lab, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

Technicians from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration went to the home around 9:30 Thursday night, determined there was no immediate danger, and left after about an hour. They returned this morning to remove dangerous chemicals and other items from the home, Sheriff Mascara said.

"The search warrant at 1386 Buckingham Terrace, Port St. Lucie, resulted from the arrest around 5:30 p.m. Thursday of the home's owner, Sergiy Matirniy, who told swimming pool supply store employees he wanted to buy chemicals, possibly to make bombs, according to the employees," Sheriff Mascara said. (Please see locator map link later in this release.)

Matirniy, 25, went to the Pool Spa Chemicals store at 8627 South U.S.1, Port St. Lucie, late Thursday afternoon and asked to buy chemicals to make chloroform, Sheriff Mascara said. "When the store's owner refused, Matirniy said he was a "homemade chemist" who began talking about "September 11th" and making bombs from acid.

When Matirniy left the store empty-handed, the store's owner called 9-1-1, sending a deputy to the store. The deputy found Matirniy sitting in his car, the interior of which was loaded with wires, switch boxes and other strange items.

Matirniy at first refused the deputy's order to get out of the car but eventually complied.

Deputies arrested him for resisting an officer without violence.

Based on the ramblings of the suspect inside the store and the materials found in the car, Sheriff's detectives believed the Buckingham Terrace home might contain explosives. They obtained a search warrant to look for explosives at the home at around 6 p.m. Thursday.

Instead, they found the methamphetamine lab and evacuated neighboring homes, then called the DEA for assistance. DEA technicians arrived around 9:30 p.m., determined the home presented no immediate danger and secured the home. They returned this morning to remove dangerous items from the home.

Here is a locator map link to 1386 Buckingham Terrace, Port St. Lucie, where deputies discovered the meth lab:


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