Saturday, Oct 25, 2014
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2 charged after meth lab found in motel room, deputies say


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SPRING HILL - Early Sunday morning deputies noticed a white Cadillac weaving between lanes on Cortez Boulevard, and stopping twice where there were no stop signs or traffic controls.

The car was pulled over near the intersection of Cortez Boulevard and Commercial Way.

Deputies ran the license of driver Melinda Beadling, 32, and found that it was suspended.

Beadling was placed under arrest and charged with knowingly driving with a suspended license, deputies say, and a search of her vehicle revealed several items that appeared to aid in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Beadling told deputies she was staying at the Motel 6 on Commercial Way with her boyfriend, Nicholas Rodriguez, 30, and that the items in the trunk were going to be used by Rodriguez for the purpose of cooking methamphetamine in the motel room.

A further search of the Cadillac uncovered several items that are consistent with manufacturing methamphetamine including several packages of pseudoephedrine, lithium batteries, several bottles of fuel cleaner, cold compress packs (for ammonium nitrate) and camping fuel, deputies said. Deputies also found a gallon-size zip lock baggie containing meth residue.

Deputies responded to the motel to notify management that dangerous chemicals were possibly located in the room, which had been rented by Beadling for only one night.

When the manager opened the door, he noticed a bottle of fuel cleaner on a table, along with syringes and several pill bottles, according to the sheriff's office.

Beadling was arrested and charged with knowingly driving while license is suspended or revoked, manufacturing methamphetamines, possession of conveyance for purpose of manufacturing controlled substances, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was held at Hernando County Jail on $20,500 bond.

Rodriguez was arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamines, possession of conveyance for purpose of manufacturing controlled substances, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was held at Hernando County Jail on $25,500 bond.

The investigation continues, according to the sheriff's office.

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