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Cop hospitalized in mobile meth-lab bust: 2 arrested

Orlandosentinel.com, January 31, 2014

Two people were arrested and a police officer was treated at a hospital for meth-fume exposure when a traffic stop turned into a mobile-methamphetamine-lab bust early today in east Volusia County.

Driver Alex T. Safford, 18, and passenger Brad C. MacClemmy, 38, were pulled over at 2:16 a.m. at 9th Street and S. Dixie Freeway in New Smyrna Beach for a traffic infraction that happened within Edgewater's city limits.

A police officer, whose name wasn't released, searched the vehicle and found a mobile methamphetamine lab, a report from police said.

The lab was dismantled. The officer was treated and released from Bert Fish Hospital in New Smyrna Beach after being exposed to meth fumes, police said.

Safford was arrested and charged with trafficking in methamphetamine.

"He was additionally charged with burglary and grand theft from an unrelated incident,'' police said in a report without elaborating.

MacClemmy was arrested and charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and culpable negligence.

This is a developing story. Check back later for updates.