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Bibb motel evacuated in meth lab investigation

Guests were ordered out of a Macon motel after a methamphetamine lab was reported late Sunday night.

Bibb deputies and Macon-Bibb County firefighters responded to the call at the Bridgeview Inn & Suites at 6000 Harrison Road just after 11:30 p.m., according to a news release from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.

Three people in the cluttered third floor room, where the meth lab was reported, were questioned overnight at the sheriff’s office.

Just after 5:15 a.m. Monday, 49-year-old Keith Andrew Hopper, of a Hawkinsville Road address, was booked into the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center on a charge of manufacture of methamphetamine.

No other arrests were initially reported.

Through the night, evidence was collected, and investigators talked to witnesses.

Six people, including three deputies, had to be decontaminated at the motel, which butts up to Eisenhower Parkway not too far from Interstate 475.

The suspicious contents uncovered in the motel room were sitting in the roped off parking lot at 5:30 a.m. as deputies awaited trained decontamination specialists.

The team arrived, donned white protective suits, packaged up all the items and deputies removed the yellow tape securing the scene.

The motel’s evacuation order was lifted at 7 a.m., more than seven hours after the discovery.

A clerk estimated the loss of $1,000-$1,500 in the evacuation.

“It’s hard on business,” he said.

The man who booked the room a few months ago always paid on time, but the room was filled with belongings as if the occupants were living there, the clerk said.

Anyone with information is urged to call Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 877-68-CRIME.

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