Firefighters and police responding to the Hampton Inn on Easton-Nazareth Highway on Saturday morning found a smoke-filled room where one of the occupants admitted he was cooking methamphetamine in the Lower Nazareth Township hotel, Colonial Regional police report.
One of the charges against the two people arrested is creating the risk of a catastrophe. Meth labs are prone to explosions under certain circumstances, according to authorities.
A fire alarm went off about 10:50 a.m. in Room 222, prompting the response, police said.
When firefighters and police entered the room, they found it filled with white smoke with a strong chemical odor, police said. One of those charged admitted he was cooking meth when something went wrong, police said.
Police said they found methamphetamine in the room, the chemicals used to cook the drug and a working meth lab. About half of the rooms on the second floor, the rooms closest to the lab, were evacuated, police said.
Todd Laudenbach, 37, of the 1300 block of Bushkill Center Road, Bushkill Township, and Denene Noel, 38, who has a Saylorsburg mailing address, are charged with operating a methamphetamine lab, possession of liquefied ammonia gas, precursors or chemicals causing or risking a catastrophe, manufacturing methamphetamine, possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, and possession of the drug.
They were arraigned and are being held in Northampton County Prison in lieu of $200,000 bail each, police said.
The Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Lab Team responded to dismantle the lab.
Laudenbach has made the news in the past. Once for an alleged attack.
Another time he was arrested for allegedly choking his nephew. He was also arrested for allegedly beating up a man. He was also arrested in another alleged attack and drug offense. He has also pleaded guilty to threatening to kill his girlfriend with a knife.