Meth lab found inside Slidell area motel, says sheriff's office

Meth lab found inside Slidell area motel, says sheriff's office

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Posted on September 19, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 19 at 2:36 PM

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SLIDELL, La. -- St. Tammany Parish deputies arrested five people at a Slidell motel for running a meth lab inside a room.

Around 10:30 p.m. Monday, deputies were called to the Value Travel Inn after complaints of an unusual smell coming from a room, according to the Capt. George Bonnett, a spokesman for the sheriff's office.

Deputies located the room that was the source of the smell, according to Bonnett. "When the deputies knocked on the door, a man could be seen peering from around the room’s curtain, then he disappeared back into the room.  After repeated attempts to get the man to open the door, deputies eventually gained access..."

Two people -- Daniel Ely and Ashley Howell -- were removed from the room, while three others -- Megan Hines, Brooklynn Hollaway and Mark Harris -- tried to hide in the bathroom, according to Bonnett. After a stand-off with deputies, Hines, Hollaway and Harris surrendered to police, according to Bonnett.

"As the room was being prepared for disposal of the lab materials, deputies found a sixth individual lying on the floor under the bed, unresponsive.  She appeared to be having a seizure and was foaming from the mouth.  Deputies immediately removed her from the room and she was decontaminated by a rescue team.  She was then taken to a local hospital where she later regained consciousness," said statement from Bonnett.

The sixth person was identified as Keirsten Fisher.  Her condition is unknown, according to Bonnett.

Under questioning, the five suspects admitted to cooking meth several times Sunday and Monday. Inside the room, deputies found ammonia nitrate, several bags of lye, two bottles of sulfuric acid, and a gallon of camp fuel inside the room, as well as a bag of manufactured methamphetamine, according to Bonnett.

Ely, Howell,  Hines, Hollaway and Harris were charged with manufacturing of a schedule II controlled dangerous substance (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia, obstruction of justice and resisting an officer. Fisher will be charged with with manufacturing of a schedule II controlled dangerous substance (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia after being released from the hospital.




 

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