Six children are now in the custody of the state after Baker County deputies found them in an apparent meth house.
Baker County Sheriff Joey Dobson tells WOKV they got a tip late Thursday about possible meth-related activities taking place in a home just outside of Macclenny. They obtained a search warrant and served it last night.
“We did find there was an active meth lab, cooking meth,” Dobson says.
29-year-old John Akridge and 29-year-old Staci Akridge were taken in to custody. Their six children, between 18-months and 10-years-old, were taken to the hospital to be “decontaminated” and checked for any traces of meth, but none were found on them.
Dobson says they found two guns in addition to the meth making materials in the home. The Akridge’s appeared in front of a judge today and bond was set at $650,000 for John Akridge and $275,000 for Staci Akridge. There was also an emergency hearing today to take custody of the children from the parents.
“The kids are in the custody of the state,” Dobson says.
Dobson says they haven’t seen a bust like this in some time. He believes this went beyond production of meth for personal use and was a lab for sale and distribution.