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April 9, 2014

Five charged in Bel Air Motel meth bust

One suspect allegedly owes $40K in child support

RICHMOND — A methamphetamine lab bust at the Bel Air Motel in Richmond led to the arrest Wednesday morning of five people.

Anthony Debord, 44, Carolyn Eckler, 33, and Bobbie L. Evans, 30, all of Richmond, were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

Douglas Pearson, 24, and Amber Dean, 21, also both of Richmond, were charged with complicity to manufacturing methamphetamine.

Richmond officers were sent at 12:40 a.m. to the Bel Air Motel, 1509 Lexington Road across from Arlington House, after receiving a report that meth was being made there, according to an RPD report.

When they arrived, the officers reported making contact with an occupant of one of the rooms and finding several one-step meth labs in plain view.

Officers secured the premises and detained several people believed to be involved in the manufacturing operation, the report stated.

The RPD meth lab cleanup team, Richmond Fire Department and EMS units were summoned to the scene to assist. The clean up and processing of the scene continued until late morning.

The officers determined that one of the suspects had rented three rooms at the motel, including the room were the labs were discovered, according to the report.

The five suspects were decontaminated and examined at Baptist Health Richmond prior to being taken to the Madison County Detention Center.

Additional charges

One of the suspects in the meth lab operation, Anthony Debord, also was arrested on an outstanding warrant charging him with flagrant nonsupport.

The warrant was issued in December and alleges that Debord owes $40,085 in child support dating back to March 1998.

Another suspect in the meth operation, Bobbi L. Evans, was arrested on an outstanding warrant charging her with passing a counterfeit bill in February.

The manager of Red Roof Inn reported Feb. 4 that Evans presented a counterfeit $100 and asked for change. Evans was an employee at the hotel at the time, the report stated.

The manager told police he questioned the authenticity of the bill but was assured it was valid currency. When the bill later was taken to a bank, it was determined to be counterfeit. Evans did not return to work after the incident, the report stated.

 

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