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Springfield police are investigating an apparent meth lab this afternoon on the first floor of a motel after seeing a “chemical fog billowing out of the room.”

Meth Lab Bust at Motel 6

Meth Lab Bust at Motel 6: Officers looking for a man with an active warrant found him and a meth lab when they saw “chemical fog billowing out of the room.”

 

 

Officers were looking for a man with an active warrant when they approached room No. 150 at Motel 6, 2655 N. Glenstone Ave.

Logan Wilson

Logan Wilson

 

 

Police were seeking Logan Wilson, 23, because of a parole violation stemming from an earlier meth manufacturing conviction, said police spokeswoman Lisa Cox.

According to police Cpl. Daron Wilkins, the lab did not catch fire but the officers saw the fog leaving the room.

Officers have donned protective gear as they work to render the lab site safe and transport the hazardous waste from the room.

Narcotics officers clean up a meth lab found at Motel 6 on N. Glenstone on Wednesday, October 30, 2013.

Narcotics officers clean up a meth lab found at Motel 6 on N. Glenstone on Wednesday, October 30, 2013

 

 

If this recent find is confirmed, it will be the sixth meth lab found at the North Glenstone Avenue Motel 6, according to an ongoing News-Leader investigation of Springfield meth lab data.

That investigation has revealed meth makers often prefer to cook in hotel and motel rooms.

A review of police data shows meth labs were found in at least 22 hotel and motel guest rooms during the past three years.

Lodging situated on North Glenstone Avenue has a particularly high density of discovered meth labs, with 16 active or remnant labs found.

Earlier this year, the News-Leader requested comment from the Motel 6 about meth activity but all questions were deferred to corporate offices. A corporate spokesperson responded with a statement from the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

“Methamphetamine labs are highly volatile, which is one reason why these labs are set up in hotel and motel guest rooms instead of personal residences,” the statement said.

Cleaning the room after a lab is found is also very expensive to the industry. It can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $20,000 to rid a room of volatile chemicals, the statement said.

The statement also noted that the labs threaten the safety of guests, employees, and the community.

Lisa Lee, a city inspector tasked with following up on meth lab discoveries, has said hotel and motel proprietors are “pretty good” at cleaning up after meth lab discoveries — even though no law in Missouri requires that they do so.

Today, officers arrested Wilson on the parole violation and suspected meth manufacturing.

Other arrests are possible as police continue to question others found at the scene, Cox said.

 

 

 

 

http://www.news-leader.com/article/20131030/NEWS01/310300115/meth-lab-at-motel-springfield-missouri-logan-wilson?nclick_check=1

 

 

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