Man Busted For Meth Lab Week After Fire Destroys His Mobile Home

December 10, 2010

About a week after a possible meth lab accident caused a Cottage Hill man’s mobile home to burn to the ground, he was arrested on multiple drug charges when deputies discovered an alleged meth lab in his motel room.

Deputies went to the Extended Stay Lodge on Pensacola Boulevard  to question Raymond Eugene Love, 29, about a “previous possible methamphetamine manufacturing accident that resulted in a fire in his residence”, according to an Escambia County Sheriff’s Office report. Inside the motel room, deputies found the alleged meth lab items, a bag of methamphetamine, a bag of marijuana and a “glass smoking device”.

Love was charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana under 20 grams and with tampering with a fire alarm in connection with the motel room incident. He remained in the Escambia County Jail early Friday morning on $36,500 bond.

Love’s mobile home on Eastman Lane near McKenzie Road burned to the ground the night of November 30. The Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office said Thursday that the official cause of that blaze is still under investigation and no charges have been filed in connection with the fire.


26 Responses to “Man Busted For Meth Lab Week After Fire Destroys His Mobile Home”

  1. Rays Sister Nichole on March 24th, 2011 7:09 pm

    Ray is a good person, Drugs make you do things you never would otherwise. He does love his kids. Meth turns you into a Zombie! I hope he does his time and gets out clean and learns his lesson and leaves drugs alone so he can be with his kids again someday.

  2. OMRBKH on December 13th, 2010 9:50 pm

    @ dh green @ sleeper, gotta agree with both of you! Some people will never ‘get it’! Just a thought, but maybe it’s because they lead similar lives and have similarly fried their brains. hmmmm?

  3. David Huie Green on December 13th, 2010 5:42 pm


    That was a dreadful thing to say, almost as bad as how long and loudly I laughed when I read it.

    I am further ashamed that I still smile when rereading it. I actually DO feel sorrow for those hurt by the man’s actions, but it is amazing how others tell how wonderful he is despite all he seems to have done and how it could have ended.

    If people never recognize something is wrong, they will never see a need to set it right.

    David for clear speech and open eyes

  4. Horrific! on December 13th, 2010 12:13 pm

    BY THE WAY I’m talking about the picture of the burnt out trailer
    not ray. Thats the picture that should say:


  5. Horrific! on December 13th, 2010 12:01 pm

    EVERYONE PLEASE go back up and look at this picture again.
    The caption under it should read::


  6. Horrific! on December 13th, 2010 11:53 am

    Concerned Parent…..
    I think what sleeper meant was that everyone knows he had a meth lab.
    Neighborhood, kids, kin, wife, police, and US.

    If thats not infront of your wife and kids I don’t know what is and that
    certainly affects them.

    Nobody was home at the time it states that too…..but everyone knows what happened including YOU. If the children aren’t old enough to know why
    they have a bad life now, they surely will soon.

  7. Concerned parent on December 13th, 2010 6:46 am

    Those who know Ray know that he was born into addiction, so let’s not play that game. OK?
    As for having this in front of his kids, if Sleeper would bother to read the story, he would know that the wife and kids have not been living there so there was nothing to see. Hellooooo.

    Ray has had a drug problem for a while now. This is not the first round by any means. He has been involved in this activity and this is not a “new” thing. As for him being so loving and caring, WHERE have you been? Domestic violence is common in that home. He HAS been in trouble before this and he has a bad problem with paying his bills. His kids have done without many times so that he could have his drugs.

    Go ask around the community about Ray Love and his family. Maybe that will straighten out a few misconceptions here.

  8. David Huie Green on December 12th, 2010 5:44 pm

    “God can intervene, and he always puts us where we need to be, wherever that may be. Perhaps jail is ”

    Interesting thought. Perhaps the Lord burned down the trailer to put him where He knows he belongs. This will surely give him time to consider all the verses he has memorized and what the Lord has been saying to him all along.

    David appreciatively considering
    the Lord’s wondrous works
    and mysterious ways

  9. Ray's Aunt on December 12th, 2010 4:17 pm

    I am Raymond’s aunt. I am sorry that he has been caught operating a Meth Lab.
    M own son is in prison for crimes due to a drug addiction. While it broke my heart, I think that prison has been good for him. He has changed his way of thinking and is finally taking responsibility for his actions. Before, he always wanted to blame everything and everyone else.
    I believe in tough love. I have not been a constant in Ray’s life, due to a lot of reasons. mainly the fact that my husband was in the military and we live in numerous places and did not visit my grandmother much, and she raised Ray.
    We all have to take responsibility for our lives. If someone has starving children and gets caught stealing bread, we can feel sorry for them. But, if Ray was indeed running a meth lab, then he had to know that if he got caught he would suffer the consequences. That being said, I do feel sorry for the children. From what I know of the family life, of recent times the family unit has been disfunctional.
    All of that being said, we do need to pray for this family Ray included. God can intervene, and he always puts us where we need to be, wherever that may be. Perhaps jail is where Raymond needs to be, better that than be killed in a drug related incident. At least in jail the kids still have a Dad, dead they don’t. My prayers are with them thu this regardless of the outcome. It is not my place to judge neither is it anyone else’s.
    Always remember, if God leads you to it, he can lead you thru it!

  10. A concerned family member C on December 12th, 2010 1:24 pm

    I cannot believe this has happened to Ray he is a good dad and he does love his children and he has always been a good guy, the kind of person you want to be around and want to know. This is absolutely unlike him to do anything like this and I am still in shock. I know that Ray had nothing to do with the trailer burning he wasn’t there and as for the motel incident I cannot imagine what happened there- this is not the Ray I know and have known since he was born-he was raised in a very christian environment and he had at a young age wanted to be a minister, he knows the bible verse for verse and I can only imagine that something evil got a hold of him if this is true. Again I have known Ray since he was born he is a family member, I know all of the good things about him and I wish this had not happened to him. I am praying for him and his children and I know the things in Ray’s life that changed recently had a lot to do with the path that this has taken him down and again the Ray that I used to know would never have done anything like this. People can talk about condoning his behavior but if you care about someone you see the good in them and I know there is a lot of good in Ray and this is heartbreaking to say the least- I wish I could have done something to help him if I had known I would have tried. He is not guilty yet people you can’t lynch mob someone, he is entitled to be innocent until proven otherwise. I love you Ray and if I can help you I will and I hope if nothing else this will jolt you back to realty and you will realize again that the most important thing is your children and the family that really cares about you not the fakes that helped bring you down this road of hell. Remember everyone that every person no matter what has family and friends that care about them no matter what they do wrong (we all know that right?) keep that in mind when you make comments about this.

  11. Sleeper on December 12th, 2010 10:47 am

    i’ve been sitting here reading this web site for a long time now and keeping my shut but this is crazy. does no one here take any responsibility for their own actions anymore? all i have heard is “they made a mistake” or ” let them that have not sinned be the judge” GIVE ME A BREAK. the guy had a meth lab in his house in front of his kids and his wife. not only was that stupid IT WAS ILLEGAL so he burns his house down. then he moves into a motel and decides that he should try it again, . people when are you going to accept the fact that your kids or loved ones are maybe just no good/rotten human beings that think the law does not apply to them? they did the CRIME (not mistake) let them do the time, when were this good man and woman ever thinking about their 4 children
    thank you i am going back to sleep now

  12. Ray Loves Mother on December 12th, 2010 1:29 am

    First of all let me say that I love my son and his children very much. He may not be perfect but he is not a bad person, he has always been a great father to his children, they love him very much . they also love their mother very much. Ray and Trish both need help. I am not condoning what they have been doing (let he who is perfect cast the first stone) they both know better they were not raised to do the things that they have been doing. Ray was raised in Church all his life by his great grandparents. We all know that when you are on drugs you are not thinking rationally, i do not believe that he ever intended for anyone to get hurt. I have never known him to hurt anyone. He is a very loving and caring person,everyone that knows him will tell you the same thing that i am telling you , I do not think that my son should be sent to prison, the only legal issues he has had since he was an early teen has been the trouble he and Trish have been going through.So as his mother, I beg you to pray for him and his family. For the drug problems they have and for the healing of their family. Trish, Ray I love you both very much and you are in my prayers. I also would like to thank you all for your help and your prayers. GOD Bless you all………

  13. David Huie Green on December 11th, 2010 11:48 am

    “The choices he made were not the right ones at all. I am not condoning him at all but he has taking the blame for everything that has happened and I don’t think that’s right either. What’s done is done we can’t go back now.”

    He’s being blamed for his own actions? Not to be harsh, but who else SHOULD be blamed? You are hurting, your children are hurting, people could have been killed by his actions disabling the fire alarm. By HIS actions.

    Yes, some are being verbally unkind, but as the kid on the playground says, “He started it.” If his actions only hurt himself, they could tsk tsk and shake their heads. Instead, his actions hurt others, could have killed others, might kill others if he is free to continue as he has.

    If we find a real cure for drug addictions, we can consider it part of the past. As it is, the only sure-fire cure is to not get addicted in the first place. You never get addicted if you never start. He blew that chance and it costs everybody–even those who don’t realize it yet.

    And, yes, you can’t undo what was done just as you can’t unring a bell, but you can stop ringing that bell or not ring other bells. Maybe the unkind words will convince a few who haven’t started yet that it is a bad idea, that people will be mean to you if you do. We can only hope.

    In the mean time, you and other good people have to suffer.

    David for an even better world

  14. Concerned parent on December 11th, 2010 11:47 am

    Very true, Trysha. Thanks for the reminder, especially at this time of year.

  15. mother of love childern on December 10th, 2010 10:38 pm

    I would like to clear up a few things I am the mother of these childern and I first want to thank each and every person that has helped my family and keep us in your prayers. For the record raymond was not at his residence when the fire happened and had not been there since before dark. I do not want anyone to think I am taking up for him by no means but facts are facts if the story is going to be told all of it needs to be told. I have not been at that residence for a while now. I left ray months ago I did return and try to work things out with him for my families sake I do have 4 childern that I tried to do my best to keep their family together. While we were seperated my childern were removed from ray and placed with family. Ray has a problem and really needs help so for someone to say bad things and put him down I don’t think is right. Ray needs people to suppport him and be a positive support and help him through a difucult time not throw mud in his face. He hasa always been a great dad tnd a very involved in this community but he let drugs take over his life and has become a man I do not know. I left him again for that exact reason. It was not a healthy relationship for either one of us and things were just getting worse by the day. That being said he is still my childerns dad. I know he has made plenty of mistakes and he knows this to but I also know that he was and can be again a wonder man and dad he just needs help and support. I want everyone to remember that he is a daddy to 4 wonderful childern and my babies have not done anything to deserve what they have already gone through. They need and want their daddy. He is not perfect noone is he has made mistakes just like any other human has he is not perfect and neither is anyone else. For his sake as well as for my childern I hope he gets the help that he really needs. how about instead of posting negitive comments that my oldest daughter can read be supportive and ask how you can help. Help him be a better person and stay that way. Help him go back to being that same man we all knew that was a great daddy and back to being involved in this community. Back to how most everyone in cantonment knew him “coach ray”. If you really knew him then you know what a great man he can be. He needs support and help. So please do what is right and offer to help him do right. Not just for his sake but for our childern as well. My childern have done nothing to deserve what they are going through. They need and want their daddy as well as I want him to be able to be their daddy. He can not be there for them in jail or in prison nor can he be a daddy on drugs. I am asking you as their mother to pray for him and help him. My babies want their dad back how he used to be before the drugs took him away. Again please offer to help instead of being negitive. I want to thank everyone for all of their help and prayers. Please contuine to keep my family in your prayers. Again I don’t want any one to think I am defending him he has made a lot of mistakes. My family has lost everything. I have no home to take my childern back to. The choices he made were not the right ones at all. I am not condoning him at all but he has taking the blame for everything that has happened and I don’t think that’s right either. What’s done is done we can’t go back now so now I am doing all I can do and that is keep my head up and try to be positive for my kids sake and try and pick up the pieces for my childern and do my beat to piece our lives back together the best I can. I don’t want anyone to mistake this message as me defending ray that is not what I am doing I just want everyone to remember their are 4 childern that are stuck in the middle of all of this and I am speaking their behalf and as their mom. if anyone needs or wants to contact me please feel free to do so at 316-6418.
    The Love Family

  16. OldMarine on December 10th, 2010 5:54 pm

    This is not a Neg Comment.
    This is a Positive Statement

    People who make the Poison that sucks the life out of fellow Americans need to be locked away forever !

  17. p on December 10th, 2010 5:45 pm

    There more and more meth houses going on in wal nut hill omg. Thats why I had to go. Hope ecso will keep up the good work and get the rest.

  18. hmmm. on December 10th, 2010 4:17 pm

    What is even more sad is he coached T-Ball at Cantonment in the past…. I do not feel sorry for him one bit…. However Trish and the children are in my prayers!

  19. T on December 10th, 2010 2:17 pm

    GREAT…..JUST GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. family of love children on December 10th, 2010 10:20 am

    We are greatful for outpour of love and support for the children. Molino Mom said it best they did not choose this life but they are greatful for everything the community has done for them. We just ask that negative comments about their father not be published as the oldest daughter has to do newspaper articles as part of class work and she gets a lot of her information from this site. The mother has been gone from this home for sometime but remains in close contact with her children. Once again from the family of the mother and children THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.. Its the holidays and these kids lost their home their memories and now possibly their father, we would wish this on noones family.. Please keep the children and the family caring for them and their mother in your prayers.

  21. Molino Mom on December 10th, 2010 9:17 am

    No worries the children are getting the items being donated. They lost everything except for a few summer clothes that their caregiver had in her home….all their winter clothes, toys, anything else they had was in the home that is gone now…despite how it happened the children do not deserve to suffer anymore than they already have. I thank each and every person who have donated to the children. Now they have the clothes they need for school and this winter. Remember these children did not choose this life…..Their father chose it for them!

  22. Me on December 10th, 2010 8:44 am

    I was vilifyed the other day for commenting the fact the children weren’t in the home. I was not being ugly, I just happened to know what the parents were up to and didn’t want people sending tons of things that the children may not receive. This whole situation is sad, I’m very heartbroken for the kids.

  23. Mckenzie and Elna Meth lab on December 10th, 2010 8:06 am

    2 cents……. The children were not living in the home and the family that has them needs all the help they can get. The children lost all their childhood memories, clothes, toys, etc. and for the record their mother had been gone from the home for quite sometime. She did not live there and the kids still need all the love prayers and help they can get… Thank you for all you have done but please rem there are innocent kids here. So please do not judge the kids for what they had no control over

  24. 2 CENTS on December 10th, 2010 7:59 am

    Wow this is an extremly sad story..Where are the kids??? I am still sending the kids clothes but no longer feel sorry for either of the parents.

  25. Pathetic on December 10th, 2010 7:43 am

    And everyone was feeling sorry for the family in the first report because he did not have a job and failed to have insurance on the home. I hope this man spends atleast 20+ years behind bars. He is a Meth head who sells to others/kids/etc.

  26. River Rat on December 10th, 2010 7:32 am

    I guess burning down his home was not enough to learn a lesson. Tampering with the fire alarm system in a public place? What if he had blown up the motel room? He should also be charged with attempted murder for endangering innocent people’s lives. Just my thought’s this morning!

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