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October 4, 2013

Meth lab makes Koko Motel unfit for habitation

Two arrested after deputies discover their "one-pot" cooking lab.

The Koko Motel along U.S. 31 on the city’s north side remains closed after law enforcement officials said they found a Kokomo man and woman making meth in one of the rooms.

Miami County deputies arrived at the motel after a Miami County resident said she suspected Phillip Lopez, 36, 2800 block of West 1350 South, and Brooke N. Golloday, 22, 200 block of North Market Street, had stolen a television and jewelry from her house.

Deputies received a warrant to search Lopez’s house, where his father told police that Lopez and Golloday were at the motel.

Deputies said when they arrived, they found Lopez and Golloday making meth in one of the rooms. After searching the room, deputies said they also located a television, jewelry and items used to manufacture meth.

The Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team arrived and removed the active meth lab. The Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Team indicated they found evidence of a “one-pot” cooking site in the room.

After deputies arrested Lopez and Golloday, the Howard County Health Department declared the entire motel unfit for human habitation.

Motel owner Roswitha Wesson said Thursday she was awaiting environmental testing results. She said she was unsure when the motel would re-open.

“[The meth cooks] were only there for two hours,” Wesson said. “The police knew they were there, because they chased them from Peru. If they would have arrested them sooner, they wouldn’t have had time [to cook].”

Lopez and Golloday both face charges of burglary and theft. State police officials said they also expect to request warrants for drug charges in Howard County once their investigation is complete.

Joseph Olivarez III, 37, 4500 block of West 1300 South, Galveston, also faces a charge of theft stemming from the incident.

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