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Three charged with operating meth lab in Treasure Island

A Treasure Island man is accused of trying to make methamphetamine at his condominium in the Paradise Island community, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.

Phillip Blake Pike, 31, 511 Sandy Hook Road, was arrested Tuesday afternoon after an investigation into a meth lab at his home in the Village of Paradise Island complex, deputies said.

Pike is charged with attempting to manufacture methamphetamine and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

Today, deputies charged two additional men — 49-year-old John Fultz and 33-year-old Logan Jafferis, both of the same address.

About 8 a.m., the Treasure Island Police Department was conducting a welfare check in the complex, and during this process, they said, Pike fled from them.

He ran into his home, and as officers followed him inside, they saw substances and containers used to manufacture methamphetamine. Seeing the hazardous items, officers left the home and called for additional resources.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office sent members of its narcotics division, negotiator response team, and the SWAT team.

Detectives and members of the Negotiator Response Team attempted to make contact with Pike for several hours before he surrendered to authorities.

Detectives and Fire Rescue Hazmat teams are investigating the interior of the residence to see the best way to deal with the meth lab.

The investigation is ongoing.

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