Deputies bust hotel meth lab, second meth lab and drop housePosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- Three people are in custody after Maricopa County sheriff's deputies busted a meth lab inside a Valley hotel.
Deputies bust hotel meth lab, second meth lab and drop house - Three people are in custody after Maricopa County sheriff's deputies busted a meth lab inside a Valley hotel.>
The lab was found Monday afternoon at the Premier Inn Suites near Interstate 17 and Peoria Avenue.
Investigators said it appeared to be a working meth lab that might have been producing drugs as recently as Sunday night.
Deputies also seized weapons from the room. In addition, they found a trailer containing possible meth lab equipment in the parking lot.
MCSO officials said the toxic fumes of the lab did not endanger any hotel guests.
Evidence at the hotel lab led sheriff's deputies to a nearby home that was later confirmed to be another meth lab.
That home is near 21st and Sunnyside avenues.
One person was home when deputies arrived on the scene. That person led deputies across the street where they found a suspected drop house.
Deputies took some 20 suspected undocumented immigrants into custody.
"Human smuggling unit officials are investigating those individuals," said Lt. Bryan Lee of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.
None of those taken into custody were coyotes.
The illegal immigrants were turned over for deportation.
MCSO investigators do believe that the two meth labs and the drop house are all connected.