Police arrested two suspects Wednesday in connection to what they believed to be a potential meth lab in one of the rooms at the Tri-County Inn in West Chester.
At around 8:30 a.m., the police received a report of a possible methamphetamine lab in a room at the local hotel. According to West Chester Police Public Affairs Officer Jeff Newman, precursors for a meth lab were found in room 417.
Newman would not identify what the precursors were, but described them as items that are notoriously used to create a meth lab.
Upon arriving at the scene, police found Jerry D. Marcum Jr. and Brenda Lee Dungan, both of Hamilton, in the room. They were both interviewed, then charged and transported to Butler County Jail.
Marcum was charged with Illegal manufacturing of drugs (a felony two), illegal assembly of chemicals to manufacture drugs (a felony three) and tampering with evidence (a felony three). While, Dungan was charged with Illegal manufacturing of drugs (a felony two) and illegal assembly of chemicals to manufacture drugs (a felony three).
The West Chester Fire Department was called to the scene to neutralize the threat. Several rooms close to room 417 were evacuated, but the immediate area is in no danger, according to police.