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April 12, 2013

Three men arrested at America’s Best Inn

Working meth lab found in Clarksville motel room

CLARKSVILLE — Clarksville Police arrested three men about 10 a.m. Tuesday after discovering a working methamphetamine lab inside a refrigerator of a room at America’s Best Inn on Eastern Boulevard.

Those arrested were Jon R. Hesse, 31, and James H. Stice, 30, both with addresses at the motel, and Eric M. Howson, 21, of 602 Dartmouth Drive in Clarksville

Before arriving at the motel, investigators had received information that the trio was possibly dealing methamphetamine, according to the police report. From a nearby business, police observed the men exit a motel room and stand on the balcony area. After approaching the motel property, the officers split into two groups.

One group went to the room that the men had been seen exiting, and the second group went to the rear of the annex portion of the building, where Stice and Howson were located and detained.

Hesse was approached by police outside the motel room. When asked by police if there was anything in the room that did not need to be inside the room, “ ... [Hesse] stated that there was, in fact, a meth lab in the refrigerator of the hotel room,” according to the report.

He then gave police consent to search the room.

Police reported after entering the room, officers immediately found a black and silver metal box that was open and contained a glass pipe used for smoking methamphetamine, several empty plastic bags associated with drug use and a set of scales.

“After seeing this, I proceeded to go to [the] refrigerator where I found a working one-pot meth lab inside the refrigerator,” the officer reported.

Police also reported a strong chemical smell associated with methamphetamine production coming from the room, and several fans, which had been brought to the room by the suspects in an attempt to air out the room.

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