Police investigate suspected meth lab at Lufkin motel

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Holley Nees - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police are looking for a man and woman in connection to a suspected meth lab at a Lufkin motel.

According to the report, officers responded to room number 248 at Quality Inn, located at 4306 South First Street, at 2:50 a.m. Friday, after a guest staying in room 148 told hotel employees that the fire sprinklers were going off in his room and that he saw a man and woman running from room 248 and fleeing the area by vehicle.

Officers found chemicals indicating a meth lab had been operated in the room, the report stated. They then cleared the area and narcotics investigators processed the chemicals.

The report states hotel employees provided the registration information of the pair and the narcotics investigators are investigating the case.

When police responded to a call from Quality Inn early this morning, they had no idea what would be behind the door.

"Our officers will quite often say this is a routine traffic stop, this is a routine call, but quite often there's nothing routine about it," Det. J.B. Smith said.

The hotel says there's no damage to Room 148 where the sprinklers went off, but when we asked them about the damage to Room 248 where the suspected meth lab was found, they said they have no comment.

Police say motel meth labs are not uncommon.

"The way that meth is produced these days it can be done in the trunk of a car, in a duffle bag and so many times someone will rent an inexpensive hotel or motel room to conduct their business," Smith said.

So far, there doesn't appear to be any finished meth in the room, just the chemicals to make it.

The dangerous practice is a risk many are willing to take at a place like this.

"You're in and out, you're not at your house, you're not at risk of losing your own property if a fire happens," Smith said.

Authorities have the registration information from the room, but no leads yet.

They are still investigating the incident.

If the suspicious guests are caught they could face charges of manufacturing a controlled substance.

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