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Grand Jury indicts four men in connection with Elkridge meth lab

By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com

11:31 AM EDT, July 5, 2012

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Four men have been indicted by the Howard County Grand Jury for their involvement last month in a methamphetamine lab set up inside an Elkridge hotel room, the state's attorney's office announced this week.

Josiah David Martin and Amos Joel Martin, of Mesick, Mich., and Forrest Derrick Rhoades and Joshua W. Matthews, of Sallisaw, Okla., were indicted July 3 on charges including drug manufacturing, drug possession, intent to distribute, reckless endangerment and drug/gun trafficking. Similar charges against Spencer Allen Smith, of Lock Haven, Pa., were dropped by the state's attorney's office.

The five men were arrested June 4. Howard County Police said they received an anonymous tip that a meth lab was being operated inside a room at the Holiday Inn Express, located in the 6000 block of Marshalee Drive. When officers arrived, they "detected a strong, unusual odor near the door of a fourth floor room," according to a police spokesperson.

Police said officers knocked on the door and were let into the room by three men. The officers saw chemicals in the room and placed the men under arrest. A fourth man who entered the room while officers were present was arrested, as was a fifth man who police said was found wandering in the parking lot.

Police, using a search warrant, said they also found heroin and a handgun inside the room.