Three Charged in Meth-Lab Crackdown In St. John’s County

Jacksonville’s citizens have an extreme amount of stress going on in their daily lives, so much so that many of those people turn to drugs. Unfortunately for those people, the State will not take pity on a someone with an addiction and try to get them help, but rather attack them with an extreme punishment for the crime. If one has been involved in a situation such as this, one should obtain an experienced attorney to fight for one’s case and ensure one’s rights are protected.

According to Florida Times-Union, Rachel Marie Tavares, 36, no address; Thomas Lipton Robinson III, 37, of Crookshank Drive; and Karla Diane Cheshire, 32, of Palmer Street, have been arrested with production of methamphetamine in St. John’s County. Their arrests came after their local CVS pharmacy called the police after the three came into the store attempting to buy medications containing pseudoephedrine, used for the production of methamphetamine. The police tailed the van they used and found a meth lab in it.

Jacksonville drug crimes that rise to the level of production of the drug in question typically involve some form of addiction on the part of the person creating the drug. Most people who are involved in production of a drug such as methamphetamine, marijuana, or other drugs have an issue with their own consumption that makes them more susceptible to addiction, thus adding to the increase in amount that person will be in possession with and eventually will produce.

Many times in Jacksonville, the person accused of possession of enough of a substance to be considered a dealer or a person that is accused of production of that drug is participating at this rate because that person is merely trying to support their habit. Unfortunately, the point of no return has already passed to get out of the drug trade, for many, once one has hit one’s peak in their addiction. One becomes stuck in a never-ending story of drug usage and sales.

When the police arrest someone involved in such a drug trade, one has two options for one’s future. One can either obtain an experienced Jacksonville drug crimes defense attorney to fight for one’s case and ensure one’s rights and defenses are known and protected, or one can hope that the State will never attempt to lock one away in a dark prison for a long time instead of trying to have one’s options and punishment more proactive and helpful for one’s rehabilitation.

In many cases, if one’s experienced attorney is able to show the court that one’s drug usage, sales, and creation of the drug exists in such high amount because of one’s insurmountable drug addiction, one can be shown to need a proactive rehabilitation effort that will be vastly more beneficial than a hard prison sentence that will simply make one’s drug problem worse.


The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for more than a decade and are here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one require a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.

Additional Source:3 arrested in St. Johns County meth lab bust, Jim Schoettler, The Florida Times-Union