MBPD busts apparent meth lab at Grand Strand motel

Stephen Colella, source: Myrtle Beach Police Department
Stephen Colella, source: Myrtle Beach Police Department

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Myrtle Beach police discovered chemicals consistent with what is typically considered a "mobile meth lab" at the Aquarius Motel in Myrtle Beach on Sunday, according to a police report.

The report states officers got a call in reference to possible drug activity involving methamphetamine, and got to the motel around 10 a.m. Sunday.

They located the offender on the second floor of the motel where the report states he was slumped over on the bench. As officers neared him, he walked toward them. Officers noticed his speech was slurred and "very scattered". They also observed his pupils were dilated.

The suspect confirmed he was staying in the room officers were asking about, but it was registered to his friend who was in jail at the time. He granted officers entrance to the room, which was slightly open already, and they noticed a black bag on the bed. The offender confirmed the bag belonged to him and reached for it, at which point officers placed him in handcuffs and detained him for threat of a gun.

No gun was found, but during their search, officers located a green bag under the bed the offender was sitting on. The police report states the offender became nervous. He initially said the bag belonged to him, then stated it wasn't his, and he didn't know who it belonged to.

Officers opened the bag and observed items and chemicals that were consistent with those of a mobile meth lab.

Thirty-three-year-old Stephen Colella, the alleged offender was placed under arrest for public intoxication and other officers responded to take over the apparent lab.

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