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2 Arrested in Meth Lab Bust at Henderson Hotel

Posted August 1, 2007

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— Henderson police arrested two people Wednesday morning after they discovered a methamphetamine lab inside a local hotel room.

A clerk at the Scottish Inns on North Garnett Street said two hotel guests called the front desk at about 2:30 a.m. complaining of a strong odor of what they thought was acetone coming from a neighboring room.

Night manager Debby Posten called police after she went to the room to investigate and smelled the same odor.

"Your eyes watered," Posten said. "You couldn't breathe. It was noxious."

Police raided the room and arrested Kimberly McCann, 41, and her boyfriend, Billy Ray Morris, 43, both of Henderson. A hotel manager said they checked in Tuesday.

Each face charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of precursor chemicals for the manufacturing of methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling to manufacture methamphetamine.

Both McCann and Morris were in the Vance County Jail Wednesday afternoon under $85,000 bond.

The State Bureau of Investigation was called to the scene and a hazmat crew disassembled the lab Wednesday morning, authorities said.

"It's such a congested area. These chemicals are really volatile. They can explode easily," Henderson police Lt. Charles Pulley said.

Police said it was rare to find someone cooking methamphetamine in a hotel room or any public place.


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  • moglinferno Aug 2, 2007

    reminds me of that move "Spun" with Mickey Rourke...He was a meth cooker. That stuff makes you crazy!!!! They were probably so strung out it they didn't even think about the odor or had a care about doing it in the hotel.

  • lpf88 Aug 2, 2007

    I worked at an ACE Hardware for a few years. We had a volunteer fire fighter come in and tell us check the propane tanks that come in for possible meth cookers. Apparently they use the tanks in the meth labs and whatever they do causes the top/nozzle of the tank to turn bright blue and become highly explosive. If you ever run across a tank like this, call 911 right away to have it disposed of.

  • lovecarolinagutters Aug 2, 2007

    I was staying at a Motel 6 one time and someone there was cooking meth. You could smell it. It was really strong! The cops showed up and figured we would all be evacuated. But, not so, they arrested the guy in the room next door for robbing a bank, and left. Go figure!!!

  • JustCrazy2 Aug 2, 2007

    Just dumb. What were they thinking?

  • D2009 Aug 2, 2007

    This woman has two children who have suffered as her meth use has gone on for at least 2 years now. She doesn't even resemble the person she was 2 years ago. they were busted last year in GA in meth lab and got a slap on the wrist, rehab and parenting classes. Ridiculous! What a waste of time that was.

  • not pc Aug 1, 2007

    CHOPPA what do you mean by that?you told me there was a site where i could read about your thoughts on social position,do you mind telling me where that is.oo these two duma--- should go straight to jail for a flat 20.

  • Run_Forrest_Run Aug 1, 2007

    OK, If I'm gonna cook up some meth...I'll cook it up...lets see...in a hotel where other people will smell it and report me.

    Stupid is as stupid does...

  • ladyblue Aug 1, 2007

    The motel clerk called the police because that is what they are suppose to do when they suspect drugs are being used in their room. This clerk knew something was wrong when the room beside her was in trouble from the smell. Meth is nothing to play with from what I see on TV and can explode. She wasn't about to open the door to people she already suspects of messing with drugs.

  • choppa Aug 1, 2007

    This story is not a big shock to me. Actually I'm not surprised at all.

  • claudnc Aug 1, 2007

    Nancy, No I wont be in support of making public building areas where they can make meth. I just simply stated a fact and I guess since I have to be mindful of what I say due to have years of experience in social work I tend to just thing folks know about the little things that go on with some of the social ills in society....37 your right it is much more addictive than crack and is primarily out in the midwest but it has been slowly creeping our way for quite some time. It started off being really big in the white communities but has spread quickly too all communities. I think usage in all communities took place when folks started mixing this drug with others to make it really strong. Its here in this area for sure thats why all of the over counter meds are suppose to be behind the counters now and you cant purchase them in bulk... you will see steady increase of folks needing treatment for this. This drug will make you sell your children.