Two arrested after meth lab found in room at Columbia's Red Roof Inn

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 | 5:27 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA—Law enforcement officials discovered a methamphetamine lab in a room at Columbia's Red Roof Inn Tuesday night, according to a Boone County Sheriff's Department news release.

The room's two occupants, Charles G. Albiol, 34, and Brenda L. Albiol, 35, both of Columbia, were arrested on charges of manufacturing a controlled substance.

That evening, the department's Drug Enforcement Unit received information about the possibility of an active lab and presented a warrant to the hotel at 7:54 p.m.

The lab, located in room 212, was complete and active. The condition it was in made it a significant danger to those in surrounding rooms, according to the news release. Because meth labs are prone to explosions and include highly combustible components, specially trained deputies were called to the hotel, at 201 E. Texas Ave., to dismantle the lab, said Boone County Sheriff's Department Detective Tom O'Sullivan.

Items found in the room included chemicals, equipment, meth paraphernalia and finished methamphetamine. Some items were kept for evidentiary purposes and others were contained and discarded in an environmentally safe manner, O'Sullivan said.

Charles and Brenda Albiol's bails had not been set as of noon Wednesday.

Supervising editor is Ann Elise Taylor.

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