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Meth lab bust in North Charleston

By Anthony Miller - Live 5

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Neighbors at the Budget Inn couldn't believe their eyes Wednesday morning.

"Very shocking I've been here since June and nothing like this has ever happened," said Tammie Turner.

That's how mother of three felt when she looked out her motel room and saw a man in a protective suit.

Shock may have been the same feeling North Charleston police had when they showed up to the Budget Inn looking for a parole violator.

"Upon making contact they observed that it was an active meth lab in the room," said Major Coyle Kinard of the North Charleston Police Department.

The suspect was arrested and taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Turner says he didn't fit the bill of a drug dealer or user.

"You never know, he was an older gentleman not who I would think would do something like this," said Turner.

Other hotel guests staying at the Budget Inn say the man that lives in that room keeps to himself so they were shocked when they saw law enforcement Wednesday. 

Especially because they say this it's such a safe place to live.

"Don't let people think this is a bad place this is a really nice motel and the owners wonderful and he's probably as shocked as I am by what happened today," said Turner.

The motel was completely evacuated but police were very careful in the area near the suspect's room.

"As a precautionary measure we moved people out of the rooms up on the top floor as well as rooms to the right and left of the individual room where they discovered the meth lab," said Kinard.

And even though she lives across the way, Tammy Turner is also taking precautions - for her and her family.

"I'm very concerned especially when I see a hazmat crew come out this morning, very nervous," said Turner.

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