Two people were arrested Monday night when police found what they called an inactive methamphetamine lab in a room at Budget Inn in Pulaski.
According to Pulaski Police Department Capt. Anthony Meredith, police went to the motel at 509 East Main St. around 11 p.m. Monday to serve a warrant for possession of morphine on Terry Lee Draper, 33, who was reported to be staying in room 121. Officers located and arrested Draper, then found a female, Autumn “Nikki” Kohert, 27, hiding under a bed in the room.
Meredith said Kohert also had an outstanding warrant for manufacturing methamphetamine on file, so she was also placed under arrest. At that time, he said, officers then found what appeared to be chemicals and other items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine in the room.
That room and other adjacent rooms were evacuated and narcotics officers were notified. Investigators from the Claytor Lake Drug Task Force and members of the Virginia State Police responded to the scene and executed a search warrant.
Meredith said officers found precursors for the manufacturing of methamphetamine. The items located were determined to be in-active, but a substance that appears to be methamphetamine was found inside the room. The substance has been sent to a lab for evaluation.
In addition to their original charges, Draper and Kohert each are charged with manufacture of Schedule I or II controlled substances and possession of precursors to manufacture methamphetamine. Both are being held at the New River Valley Regional Jail.