ELKRIDGE, Md. (WUSA) -- Five people have been charged after the discovery of a suspected meth lab in an Elkridge hotel room.
After receiving an anonymous call reporting a possible methamphetamine lab around 10:40 Monday night, Howard County police officers responded to the Holiday Inn Express in the 6000 block of Marshalee Drive. Officers on scene encountered a strong, unusual odor near the door of a fourth-floor hotel room. After knocking, the officers were allowed into the room by three male suspects. After finding chemicals inside the room, police took the suspects into custody. A fourth man arrived at the hotel room while police were still there. He was also placed under arrest. A fifth man who had been staying at the room was found in the parking lot and arrested.
Due to the potentially hazardous nature of the situation, Howard County Fire and Rescue crews also responded to the scene. They evacuated all of the rooms on the fourth floor, including the room directly above the suspect's room. Evacuated guests took shelter in the lobby of the hotel.
Detectives believe the five men, who were traveling through the area for work, intended to make and use the methamphetamine for their own purposes after they could not find meth locally. Police say they also found heroin and a handgun.
The following people have been charged with drug manufacturing, drug possession and possession with intent to distribute:
23-year-old Josiah David Martin of Swansboro, NC
34-year-old Forrest Derrick Rhoades of Sallisaw, Okla.
33-year-old Joshua Wade Matthews of Sallisaw, Okla.
20-year-old Amos Joel Martin of Mesick, Mich.
22-year-old Spencer Allen Smith of Lock Haven, Pa.