Michael Aderhold (L), Dawn Hoden (R)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has arrested two people in connection with a meth lab found at a Motel 6.
Police were patrolling the area near the Motel 6 located at 6109 Youngerman Cir. when they were flagged down by a security officer for the motel Wednesday night.
The security officer told police he smelled an unusual smell and thought there was illegal activity going on in room 107. In addition to the strange smell, the security guard said the room's occupants had disconnected the room's fire alarm.
Police went to the room where they found 46-year-old Michael Aderhold and 39-year-old Dawn Hoden. When they opened the door, deputies could smell an unusual odor coming from the room, according to a sheriff's office arrest report.
Officers asked the two if there was anything illegal in their room, and they said no there was not.
The security guard for the motel went inside the room to check for any safety issues. When the security guard walked into the room's bathroom, he saw two bottles with small tubes on the top and connected to each other in a paper bag.
When the security guard showed the bottles to the officers, they determined it was a "mobile meth lab."
Deputies requested additional officers to help them evacuate the hotel. Several guests were displaced as a result of the evacuation.
The building where the meth lab was discovered was closed. The adjacent building at the motel was reopened early Thursday morning and guests staying in that building were allowed back in.
Other than the two bottles police also found a 1 pot meth lab, gas generator, muriatic acid, drain opener, Coleman fuel, coffee filters and tubing, which according to the report, are all used in the production of methamphetamine. Police also found a small amount of marijuana which Aderhold said was his.
The JFRD HAZMAT team responded to the motel as well as JSO's Meth Lab Response Team. The HAZMAT team finished their cleanup operation shortly before 7 Thursday morning.
During questioning, Aderhold admitted he and Hoden were "cooking meth" in the motel room.
Both Aderhold and Hoden were arrested. Aderhold has been charged with possession of listed chemicals for the manufacture of controlled substances and possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. He is still being held in the Duval Country Pretrial Detention Facility, he is not eligible for bond.
Hoden has been charged with possession of listed chemicals for the manufacture of controlled substances, a second-degree felony. She is also ineligible to receive bond.
This is the second meth lab bust in Jacksonville this week.
On Tuesday, police bused a meth lab in the James Island neighborhood on Jacksonville's Southside.
First Coast News