Police raiding a methamphetamine lab found a scientist had been producing a ‘mellower’ version of the drug without the usual side effects for his own personal use.
Investigators discovered that Seth Stanley had an arsenal of ammunition and guns, including an assault rifle, and napalm, a highly flammable gelling agent used in explosives, in his home in Milton, Florida. They also seized 117 grams of meth.
Sergeant Scott Haines, from the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office, said the 32-year-old had been making a ‘mellowed down’ version of the drug, which meant that its usual side effects, such as paranoia, were not as pronounced, in a 'elaborate lab' in his backyard shed.
‘Basically, he said he learned from someone how to make methamphetamine and pretty much tweaked it based on his knowledge to make it more suitable for his needs and his usage of it,’ Sgt Haines told the Pensacola News Journal.
Inspection: A member of the Santa Rosa Sheriff's Narcotics Unit takes samples of some of the chemicals fond near the meth lab behind Seth Stanley's house
Stanley said he wanted his creation to have the same effect as Adderall, a prescription drug used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, which is difficult to obtain.
The scientist did not give a reason for possessing the homemade napalm, which was contained in a jar that was half full.
'Most of the time when people hear about napalm it’s talked about in reference to the Vietnam War or Korea,' Sgt Haines said. 'It was a very brutal form of killing people and clearing places for visibility. It is not something that needs to be in the hands of a civilian.'
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Stanley was arrested on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of felony drug equipment and possession of listed chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine.
When officers took Stanley into custody they found a plastic bag and a glass vial in his left front pocket that contained methamphetamine, which he said he was taking to 'medicate' himself.
He was released on Thursday night on a $45,000 bond.