Friday, April 17, 2015

Cops: Man Burns Florida Home Attempting To Make Meth


COCOA, Florida --  A Tennessee man has been charged with arson and possession of chemicals with intent to manufacture a controlled substance following a house fire that occurred early Thursday morning in Cocoa, Florida.

Around midnight on Thursday, April 16, Brevard County Fire Rescue crews responded to a house fire in the 100 block of Virginia Avenue in the unincorporated area of Cocoa.  When crews arrived, fifty percent of the structure was already engulfed in flames.

After the fire had been extinguished, the Florida State Fire Marshall was called to the scene to determine the origin of the fire.  Agents with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Methamphetamine Suppression Team were also called to the residence to investigate the circumstances surrounding the suspicious residential fire.

Investigators later determined that 23-year-old Bradley Scott Warren of Taft, Tennessee had gathered and possessed specific listed chemicals for the sole purpose of manufacturing methamphetamine. However, before Warren was able to begin producing the methamphetamine, he accidentally ignited the fire, authorities say.

Warren was later arrested and transported to the Brevard County Jail in Sharpes, Florida where he is being held on a no bond status on the charges of arson and possession of chemicals with intent to manufacture a controlled substance.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Special Investigative Unit Sergeant Steve Fernez by pager through the Sheriff’s Office Communications Center (321) 633-7162 or Central Florida CRIMELINE at 1-800-423- TIPS (8477).  You can also visit http://crimeline.org/, or text ‘crimeline’ plus your tip to CRIME (274637).  All information to CRIMELINE is confidential and you may be eligible for a reward.