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Monday, August 27, 2012

COLUMBIA, SC - Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott announces the arrests of five people for allegedly possessing meth inside two different hotel rooms.

Cody Lee Hobirk (DOB: 9-19-1978), Ashley Renee Ellett (DOB: 12-16-1986) and Krista Marie Suchy (DOB: 2-12-1987) are charged with:

Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Schedule IV Substance and Simple Possession of Marijuana.

It’s believed that Hobirk and Ellett are from Lexington County. Suchy had a Florida driver’s license.

Columbia Police Officers uncovered the first meth lab at the Studio Plus Hotel located at 180 Stoneridge Drive after receiving a CRIMESTOPPERS tip.

As officers approached the room in question, they could smell a strong odor of a chemical-like substance.

Once inside the room, they saw in plain view, drug paraphernalia and suspected meth cooking in a plastic bottle.

Officers immediately exited the room and called for police assistance.

Officers evacuated adjacent rooms as a precautionary measure.

CPD Narcotics Officers arrived on scene and field tested the liquid in the bottle as methamphetamine.

While that drug bust was happening, officers gained additional information about another suspected meth lab.

This one was uncovered inside a hotel room at Extended Stay America at 450 Gracern Road.

Robin Ann Gleaton (DOB: 8-10-1967) and Dalton Justin Howard (DOB: 8/20/1990) are charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine. The mother and son are from Lexington County.

Howard is also charged with Providing False Information to Police. Dalton Howard is accused of giving police officers someone else’s name instead of his own.

When officers approached this room, they could also detect a strong order of a chemical substance.

When they went inside the room, they found evidence of a meth lab.

Officers found meth cooking inside of another plastic bottle. The liquid substance was also positively field tested for methamphetamine.

CPD called SLED for assistance in cleaning up both meth labs. A private company was arrived on site for proper collection and disposal of the drugs.

CPD Investigators believe that both incidents are connected.

The Columbia-Richland Fire Department assisted with this investigation.

The suspects will be transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

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