Meth Lab found in Tunica Hotel

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TUNICA, MS (WMC-TV) - Four people have been arrested after Tunica County sheriff's deputies busted a meth lab inside a room at the Sheraton Hotel and Casino.

Around 9:30 Tuesday night, the Tunica County Sheriff's office answered a call from the hotel about an unusual smell coming from one of the rooms.

Security guards investigating the alarm got a whiff of an unnatural smell.  Once at the scene, firefighters found a meth lab cooking in that fourth floor room.

In a statement, hotel officials said they're always concerned about safety and security, adding, "The hotel room where the operation was discovered is being completely renovated."

Meanwhile, four people who were in that room are now in the Tunica County Jail.

"There will be charges placed against these individuals," Tunica County Chief Deputy Randy Stewart said. "We believe that each and every one of them will be charged with the conspiracy of manufacturing."

Stewart said deputies are trying to decide if this case fits a new state law, in effect for barely a month.

"If a child is on the premisis of a manufacturing meth lab, then it could possibly be life in prison, and we believe that there were at least two or three children in that hotel last night," Stewart said. "We're going to do everything in our power to get the maximum sentence for these individuals that we can."

Specialized crews removed the meth lab and deemed the hotel safe, but deputies say this case proves that gambling with meth just doesn't pay off.

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