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UPDATE: Nitro hotel room closed following meth bust

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A local hotel creates quite the stir after authorities find a meth lab inside one of the rooms.

Police said it's a grim reality happening at hotels all over the place.

Members of the Metro Drug Unit and Nitro Police came to check out a tip that people were cooking meth at the Economy Inn in Nitro.

Inside of room 206, they found a meth lab, four cell phones, and a gun. Officers also found Etassa Jarrell and Richard Carr, who were arrested on scene.

Major David Richardson said the pair was using the one-pot method to cook the meth, combining all ingredients into a small bottle

"It's a lot harder to detect for us and it's a lot easier for them to transport and get around," he said.

Police said they've had drug related issues with this hotel in the past.

The owners did not want to go on camera, but tell 13 News the hotel remains open for business.

Police said the owners will have to strip down room 206 and clean it before the health department does it's own inspection..

"They aren't going to have a choice but to comply with what they have to, Richardson said.

Further action could be taken against the hotel if they do not cooperate.

Jarrell and Carr are in the Western Regional Jail.


Two people are in jail following a meth lab bust in Nitro.

It happened at the Economy Inn on First Avenue.

Nitro Police and members of the Metro Drug Unit responded to complaints of a suspected meth lab at the hotel just before midnight.

MDENT officers said they smelled a strong odor outside of room 206, consistent with the smell of manufacturing meth.

Officers found an active meth lab inside and arrested Etassa Jarrell and Richard Carr on meth related charges.

Room 206 will be closed to customers until it is tested.

The owners refused to speak with 13 News on camera, however said the hotel remains open for business.