Authorities have released photos of the laboratory where a University of Central Florida chemistry student is accused of making methamphetamine in his apartment.
The student was arrested Wednesday night. About 50 people were evacuated Wednesday from the building at Campus Crossings, off Alayfaya Trail, south of UCF, said sheriff's Lt. Paul Hopkins.
William Cecil, who turns 22 on Friday, was arrested on charges of attempted manufacture of methamphetamine and possession of chemicals used to make the drug. He told deputies there also was Ecstasy and cocaine inside his apartment on Green Badger Lane, Hopkins said.
Another man, 26, who was visiting, also was arrested on a charge of trafficking in oxycodone. His name was not released.
Deputies arrived about 6 p.m. and evacuated Cecil's building after an apartment-complex employee found suspicious chemicals while doing routine work in the unit, Hopkins said. The complex advertises itself as housing for college students.
A team wearing protective clothing obtained a search warrant and was inside Cecil's apartment late Wednesday. That unit will have to be cleaned professionally, but residents of other apartments will be allowed to go home as soon as it is deemed safe, Hopkins said. The chemicals used to make methamphetamine can ignite or explode.
Cecil has roommates, but they were not implicated.
The Sheriff's Office notified UCF police. Cecil could face discipline at the university in addition to criminal charges.
Thursday, July 15, 2010