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JSO confirms meth lab found at Motel 6 on Harts Road

10:07 AM, Jul 5, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - HAZMAT teams and police have cleaned up the scene of a meth lab at a hotel on the Northside.

According to Lt. Jimmy Ricks with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, police arrived at the hotel around 12:45 a.m. after a security officer called to report a dispute between people on the property.

While police were handling the argument, the security officer saw "several" people run out of a motel room nearby.  When the guard walked by the room, he saw a container smoking, said Ricks.  

Police believe that container was a meth lab.  Officers evacuated two floors of the Motel 6 near the room.  

"It's always dangerous," said Lt. Ricks.  "It doesn't matter where it is, you know, and we always treat it with the response of our specialized unit."

Investigators do not know how many people may have been in the room containing the suspected meth and do not have a description of any of those involved.

The JSO Bomb Squad and JFRD HAZMAT team rendered the meth lab safe Thursday morning, according to Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Melissa Bujeda.  Bujeda said two other buildings were being looked at for contamination.



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