Police: Woman arrested after discovery of portable meth lab at N. Charleston hotel

Published: Jun. 18, 2014 at 12:59 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 18, 2014 at 9:03 PM EDT
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Police say bags discovered in a hotel room where a woman was hiding contained a portable meth...
Police say bags discovered in a hotel room where a woman was hiding contained a portable meth lab.

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Authorities arrested a 34-year-old woman on multiple charges after they say a report of a verbal disturbance led to the discovery of a portable meth lab at a North Charleston hotel.

Jaketta Yalonia Simmons was charged with manufacturing meth, trespassing and providing false information to police, according to NCPD spokesman Spencer Pryor.

North Charleston Police were called Tuesday evening to a Northside Drive hotel, where the hotel manager told them two women left the hotel without paying.

Police say one of the women was seen entering a room at a nearby hotel that was being cleaned at the time, and that the woman locked herself in the room, preventing the staff from getting inside. When an officer knocked on the door and identified himself, the woman inside opened the door, but gave two different false identities, police say.

The hotel manager who had called police was able to provide them with the woman's name, according to the report, and she was identified as having an active warrant with Charleston County and taken into custody.

Staff members of the second hotel located two bags inside the room in which the woman had been hiding and turned them over to authorities. Police say that while taking an inventory of the bags, several chemicals were located as well as a clear plastic bottle with batteries and a clear, bubbling liquid inside.

The investigation is ongoing, police say.

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