Police bust pair accused of making meth in hotel room for 59 days

Published: Nov. 24, 2014 at 4:43 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 25, 2014 at 3:37 AM CST
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Monica Smith (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office)
Monica Smith (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office)
David Smith (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office)
David Smith (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office)

GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - A man and woman were arrested Sunday night after police found an active meth lab inside a hotel room at Supreme Inn & Suites in Gonzales.

The Gonzales Police Department said David Smith, 49, and Monica Smith, 47, were booked into the Ascension Parish Jail on various charges, including operation of a clandestine lab. No word on whether the man and woman are related.

Officials said the two had been in the room for 59 days. Detectives executed a search warrant at the motel because Monica Smith had 13 active warrants from the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office for operation of a clandestine lab.

Detectives reported finding five pots in the hotel room, with only one being active.

"Not only were they picking her up on these warrants that were out, but she was actually, there was another lab going on inside this hotel room," said Charlotte Guidry, a spokeswoman for the Gonzales Police Department.

A meth lab cleaning company, Extreme Cleaners, was called in to dispose of the chemicals and supplies found inside the hotel room. Officials said that process alone does not mean the room is safe for the next guest to occupy. The owners said the next step would be for the hotel owner to decide whether he wants the room tested and remediated.

According to the disclosure law, the Department of Environmental Quality should be notified when residential properties are contaminated with chemicals used in making meth. However, if a property has more than four units, the cleaning company says DEQ does have to be notified. Meaning places like hotels and apartment complexes are likely exempt.

Hotel employees at the Supreme Inn and Suites said the owner was on vacation and they have no comment on the meth bust.

Both suspects were booked on the previous multiple arrest warrants and additional charges each of five counts of operation of a clandestine lab and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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