Bond set at $100k for man arrested for meth lab in N. Charleston hotel

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Bond was set on Thursday at $100,000 for a 34-year-old man who was arrested after investigators found a meth lab at a North Charleston hotel.

John Eric Phillips was arrested and charged for manufacturing methampethatmine. Phillips was arrested Wednesday night after authorities received a tip he was cooking the drug in an Ashley Phosphate Road hotel room.

Investigators with the North Charleston Police Department and Hazmat crews were called to Relax Inn around 5:30 p.m. to investigate an anonymous call that a man was cooking methamphetamine in room 106.

According to an incident report, a woman answered the door to the room, which was full of vapor from the possible methamphetamine cook, prompting officers to immediately evacuate the hotel.

Officers say they thought the suspect, John Eric Phillips, was hiding in the bathroom because the door was closed, but after roughly 10 minutes later Phillips crawled out from under the bed and was arrested.

Police say NCPD narcotic detectives recently drew a warrant on Phillips for manufacturing methamphetamine.

Authorities gathered evidence of the meth lab, and the room was decontaminated, officials say.

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