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State law makes it difficult for hotel clerks to stop meth from being brought into rooms

North Charleston Police discovered a portable meth lab in bags left at a hotel Tuesday night. North Charleston Police discovered a portable meth lab in bags left at a hotel Tuesday night.

The two suspects who police say brought a bag of meth to a North Charleston hotel room were able to get the drug past the front desk clerk.

Police say the suspects brought meth to the Residence Inn on Northside Drive after being kicked out of a nearby motel for refusing to pay their bill.

"I'm here for business. I would have never thought that I would have to worry about a meth lab,” Lisa Ford , a guest at a nearby motel, said.

Managers at local hotels say it’s tough to tell when a guest has methamphetamine hidden. One hotel manager said desk clerks are not allowed to turn anyone away unless it’s for an obvious reason, otherwise it would be a case of discrimination.

According to state law, a room renter can be turned away only if the clerk "reasonably believes" the room is going to be used for an illegal purpose or in a way that harms other guests.

That would include meth.

North Charleston Police say so far this year they have responded to 10 meth labs in the city.

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