Traffic stop nets major felony charges for Lecanto man

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Charles Christian Fahlbusch

Charles Christian FahlbuschA routine traffic stop on Tuesday ended with the suspect arrested and charged with a long list of felonies, the majority of which involved methamphetamine production.

Arrested was Charles Christian Fahlbusch, 29, of 399 S. Ponder Ave., Lecanto.

Fahlbusch was initially stopped for running a stop sign on South Otis Avenue and State Road 44.  A Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a search of the vehicle, and a K-9 also alerted to the possible presence of drugs on or in the vehicle during the search.

During the search the deputy found a small metal box containing items typically used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, the arrest report said.

The female passenger/suspect in his car was also searched, and a digital scale was found in her jacket pocket, and when tested showed it was positive for methamphetamine residue. She was not identified in the arrest report.

Investigation revealed that Fahlbusch is a habitual traffic offender, and his driver's license was revoked for five years on Oct. 7, 2009 and expires as a habitual offender on Oct. 6, 2014. In addition, a search of his person turned up a pill bottle containing 24 oxycodone pills, 15 milligrams each.

After being read his Miranda rights, Fahlbusch said he knew his driver's license was suspended, and that he was a habitual offender. He also told deputies he was presently on felony probation for a habitual driving offense. When asked about the pills in his pocket, he said that he got them from a friend and that he was going to pay for them with methamphetamine.  He said that neither him nor the female passenger/suspect, who was not identified in the arrest report, had a prescription for the pills.

When asked about the methamphetamine items, he said that he was gathering items to do a manufacture that night.  The female passenger/suspect, had purchased one of the boxes and that he obtained the other boxes from other people.  He said that he still needed to get a cold pack and that he had other items located in a bag at another residence.  He also went into details about how good of a cook he is.

When asked what locations he manufactures in, he said there was one in the Floral City area, and one in the woods in the area of the traffic stop and around his residence located on Ponder Avenue in Lecanto. He agreed to a search of the Ponder residence, and told deputies that in his and the female suspect’s bedroom, there would be numerous syringes, spoons and paraphernalia.

After being read her rights, the female said the four boxes of ephedrine, that were also found during the search of the vehicle, had just been purchased from the CVS pharmacy in Homosassa.  She said that all these boxes went to Fahlbusch for him to manufacture methamphetamine.  She also said that she had brought other chemicals for the manufacturing, to include cold packs, lye and batteries.  When asked how long she has been using methamphetamine she said for about a year and a half.

When asked how much methamphetamine she uses, she said that she takes approximately 12 hits a day.

Fahlbusch and the female passenger/suspect were transported to their residence on Ponder, and Fahlbusch's father gave permission to search the residence and grounds. Several items related to the production of meth were found outside, and a search of the bedroom yielded of a syringe still full of liquid, which field-tested positive for meth.

Fahlbusch at first had agreed to take deputies to a location in Floral City, where the remaining remnants of lab were located; however, he became agitated because law enforcement would not cut him a deal.  Fahlbusch was then transported to the Citrus County detention facility without incident.

He was charged with the manufacture of methamphetamine, trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of a listed chemical, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license suspended/revoked/canceled and with one count of felony violation of probation, with his bond set at none.

Bond was set at $257,000.