The Daytona Beach News Journal  

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A Daytona North man is accused of manufacturing methamphetamine in his home while three children under the age of 8 years old were there, according to arrest records.

William Keith Fair, 39, was charged Tuesday with three counts of child neglect in addition to manufacturing charges and possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell after Flagler County sheriff’s investigators did a welfare check on the children living in his Chestnut Avenue home.

The State Attorney’s Office received a call about “poor living conditions and the possibility of methamphetamine being manufactured in the residence,” a report states.

Deputies found the door to the home “wide open” when they arrived. A woman in the house alerted Fair, who was in the bedroom and would not answer, that police were at the front door, according to the report. Drug paraphernalia could be seen from the outside through the bathroom window.

Fair eventually came out of the bedroom and was “secured.” Deputies found several items in the home commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine and, after receiving Fair’s consent to search the home, found “multiple baggies tied off” containing a powdery substance that field tested positive for the drug, the report states.

The sheriff’s narcotics enforcement team was called to Fair’s house to question him about “possible methamphetamine production,” according to the report. He told investigators that he lives in the master bedroom with Diana Reid, and that the paraphernalia seen through the window was a “puffer” used to make the drug.

“Fair stated that he makes methamphetamines for personal use and that an actual cook is not in progress,” a deputy reported.

Fair also told investigators that all the methamphetamine products in the house were his, the report states.

Investigators found drain cleaner, lantern fuel, lithium batteries, coffee filters, plastic tubing, aluminum foil, granular fertilizer and pseudophedrine in the master bathroom, according to the report.

“Also found was a Gatorade bottle known as a ‘one pot’ filled with a sludge substance consistent with manufacturing methamphetamines,” a deputy reported. “The ‘puffer,’ also known as an acid gas generator, was found in the bathroom.”

Fair explained to deputies the process of cooking methamphetamines based on the items found, the report states.

“There were three children in the residence when this incidence occurred,” a deputy reported. “They could have easily accessed the bedroom and bathroom where these chemicals were located and the fumes from the manufacturing of methamphetamine would affect the entire residence. These chemicals and fumes are a danger to the children’s physical well-being.”

Fair was booked into the Flagler County Inmate Facility where he remained late Wednesday on $22,500 bail.