Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Responding to the Economy Inn to a complaint of prostitution, Summerville Police discovered what appeared to be a meth lab in the room.
Upon arrival, the responding officers noted a large amount of clothing hanging on the balcony rail, according to the incident report.
Knocking on the door, the officers were greeted by a female, Holly Earlene Mahon, and when they entered the room, found another female and a male sitting on the bed. The officers smelled the strong odor of marijuana in the room, but the occupants insisted someone else smoked it, earlier, who had been made to leave. Another male exited the bathroom telling police his name was David Evans. When police determined there was no information on a David Evans and asked him his real name, he told them Zachary Kerr.
Police observed a plastic bag with green plant material next to Kerr. Police removed Kerr from the room and placed him in handcuffs. They searched him as part of his arrest and discovered blister packs of Pseudoephedrine Hydrochloride.
The other three insisted they had no knowledge of the marijuana. Kerr insisted the Pseudoephedrine was to treat his cold although he showed no symptoms of a cold.
Police then conducted a safety sweep of the room and discovered a casserole dish in the bathroom covered with a washcloth that had burn marks on it and a plastic bag near the sink containing a metal cutter and opened ice packs. Recognizing the materials and fearing an active meth lab, police cleared the room and had Metro Narcotics Division respond with a search warrant.
Mahon and Kerr were charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine and transported to SPD for booking and then to Berkeley County Detention Center. Metro Narcotics cleaned up the scene and secured the room.