LABELLE, FL. -- On July 6th, Hendry County Sheriff Investigators served a search warrant on a houseboat that was anchored on the bank of the Caloosahatchee River.
Investigators received information that the occupant of the boat was producing Crystal Meth. Investigators began surveillance on the property and based on their observations, obtained a search warrant on July 5, 2012.
On July 6, 2012 at approximately 12:00 pm, Narcotic Investigators executed the search warrant and entered the living quarters of the houseboat. Once inside Investigators located 37 year old Christopher Sean Cooper aka John Hall, and 56 year old Nina Gause. The entire living quarters of the houseboat was full of a thick haze and gases. The suspects were immediately moved out to the porch area of the houseboat and detained.
During primary questioning, Cooper told Investigators he was in the middle of making methamphetamine inside the bathroom area of the house boat when deputies arrived. During the search Investigators located approximately 3 grams of suspected crystal meth, methamphetamine pipes, marijuana, and paraphernalia. In addition, they located chemicals used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.
Christopher Cooper was placed under arrest and charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of Listed Chemicals, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Cooper is currently being held in the Hendry County Jail on $108,500.00 bond.
Cooper is a "career criminal" with 38 Hendry county arrests since 1993.