Deputies identify man accused of making meth in North Charleston hotel

  • Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2012 11:25 a.m., Updated: Thursday, November 29, 2012 1:00 p.m.

Charleston County Sheriff’s deputies today identified a Summerville man accused of cooking meth inside a North Charleston hotel room.

Deputies on Wednesday arrested Michael Lee Collins Jr., 31, of Farm Branch Lane on a 2010 forgery charge and, in the process of making the arrest, found materials to make meth in his car, according to Sheriff’s Capt. Michael Stanley.

Authorities searched Collins’ hotel room at Value Place on Northside Drive and and determined the room was being used as a meth lab, Stanley said.

Dozens of emergency workers, including firefighters, EMTs and the county hazmat unit, surrounded the hotel about 1 p.m. and spent hours clearing the scene.

Several residents were temporarily displaced during the process.

Deputies charged Collins with forgery and with manufacturing methamphetamine. He is being held at the Cannon Detention Center on $110,000 bail set today, according to court records.

EDITOR’s NOTE: Earlier versions of this story incorrectly identified the hotel.

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