Investigation is continuing after a so-called “shake-and-bake” methamphetamine lab was discovered in a local motel room Sunday evening. Two people could be charged, according to Bob Gault of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.
“The investigation began after the 10th Judicial Drug Task Force requested aid in cleaning up the lab at Holiday Motel located on South Lee Highway,” Gault said.
According to DTF Director Steve Lawson, he monitored the situation and kept Cleveland Police Department officials advised. Lawson also said agents went to the motel after another investigation had led them there. Other charges could also be possible, he pointed out.
Up to a dozen rooms at the motel could be quarantined because of the dangers associated with the making of meth, according to Lawson.
Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit detectives responded to the scene Sunday evening.
Gault said nearly one dozen residents at the motel were moved to other rooms after the discovery which was attributed to a “shared ventilation system.”
Fumes from the one-pot shake and bake manufacturing process apparently infiltrated the heat and air system, causing the fumes from the clandestine lab to be distributed to the other rooms.
“The residents were moved out of the building into other rooms across the parking lot,” Gault said.
The motel is a multibuilding structure.
No injuries or other problems were reported and none of the residents requested assistance from Bradley County Emergency Medical Service, according to Gault.