FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) — A call to a motel for a disturbance turned into an alleged meth lab bust by Fort Lauderdale Police.
Officers said they were called to the Relax Inn at 1851 South Federal Highway Monday afternoon.
According to the officers, an argument between two men and a woman took place and the management of the motel asked them to remove their belongings and leave the property.
Officers were requested to escort the people to their room for their stuff, but while officers were there, the woman reportedly told them the men were cooking meth in their room.
Investigators located what they said was a small meth lab and evacuated the rooms as a precaution. A DEA Clandestine Lab Team responded to secure the property.
Erica Rojas said she stays at the motel and was shocked at the discovery.
“I don’t appreciate it because there’s children that live over there,” she told CBS 4’s Carey Codd.
A woman named Terese, who lives near the motel with her three children, says she is often concerned about drug use and prostitution in the area. She wonders what kind of damage an explosion at even a small meth lab could have done.
“I know that’s a lot of chemicals, right?” she said “And my children’s room is right there in the back of the hotel, so its pretty scary.”
Police took the three people believed to be involved in the scene into custody for questioning. Their names have not been released.