NC Man Busted Attempting To Cook Meth In A Motel RoomBy robertslaw, In Drug Crimes, 0 Comments
As many as 20 percent of all meth labs are discovered when a fire breaks out or an explosion occurs and that’s exactly how Rock Hill law enforcement was alerted to a meth lab at a local motel. Meth ‘chef’ Ronnie Brady was cooking meth in his Rock Hill Motel room when he set off an explosion that burned the beds and tv set.
Maintaining a location for use as a meth lab, whether a home, a garage, a car or hotel room, is against the law in North Carolina. Already this year, the North Carolina House has passed a bill to increase penalties for those convicted of maintaining a meth lab. The bill prohibits anyone with a meth-related drug crime conviction from ever purchasing a product containing pseudoephedrine. Pseudoephedrine is the main ingredient involved in cooking meth and is commonly found in cold-relief products.
The bill also calls for longer prison sentences for those who maintain a meth lab in a place also occupied by a vulnerable person. A vulnerable person includes a child, an elderly adult or disabled individual.
There are substantial dangers associated with operating a meth lab, including fires and explosions. In addition to these headline-making dangers, Meth labs produce toxic gases such as phosphorus, anhydrous gases and methanol, to name a few.
North Carolina cleaned up over 450 meth labs in 2012, over 100 more than in 2011.
Source: WCNC, “Man charged after meth lab explodes in motel room,” April 22, 2013