Detectives said Tuesday they now believe a Spence Lane Super 8 motel room, where police arrested two women on drug charges Tuesday morning, was used to make methamphetamine.
Police charged Catrina D. Coggins, 28, of Bon Aqua, and Rebecca J. Barrett, 33, of Fairview, with initiating the process to manufacture methamphetamine and possessing drug paraphernalia, according to Nashville Police Department spokesman Don Aaron.
Coggins, whom police said they found inside the motel's Room 182, was also charged with felony possession of meth. She was allegedly preparing to inject herself with the drug when police found her.
Nashville Fire Department and hazardous materials personnel decontaminated the two women along with a man who had been with them and removed from the room chemicals used in making meth. Six surrounding rooms were temporarily evacuated of six people after investigators allegedly found chemicals used to make meth in a cooler.
The motel room, Aaron said, had been quarantined and marked as contaminated, but it will be up to the motel owners to have it properly decontaminated.
“The conclusion of the police department’s meth experts is that based on the chemicals and other components found in the room, meth was actually being made there,” Aaron said.
Management of the motel called police just after 5 a.m. Tuesday to report possible drug activity in the motel parking lot. Aaron said when officers arrived, they located one of the women, Barrett, and after figuring out what room she was staying in, they then allegedly found Coggins inside the room about to inject herself with what Aaron said field tested as meth.
After further inspection of the room, officers found about one gram of meth, as many as 16 hypodermic needles, a cooler with chemicals used to make meth and other items used in the meth manufacturing process, according to Aaron.
The man who police said showed up at the room to visit one of the women was not charged.
Coggins is being held in lieu of a $27,000 bond, and Barrett is being held in lieu of a $17,000 bond.