Howard County Police arrested five out-of-state men Monday in connection with a methamphetamine lab in an Elkridge hotel room.

Police arrested Josiah David Marin, 23, of Swansboro, N.C.; Forrest Derrick Rhoades, 34, Sallisaw, Okla.; Joshua Wade Matthews, 33, of Sallisaw, Okla.; Amos Joel Martin, 20, Mesick, Mich.; and Spencer Allen Smith, 22, of Lock Haven, Pa.

The men were charged with drug manufacturing, drug possession and possession with intent to distribute, police said.

An anonymous caller at about 10:40 p.m. told police that there was a meth lab inside a room in the Holiday Inn Express in the 6000 block of Marshalee Drive, police said.

Officers at the scene detected a strong, unusual odor near the door of a room on the fourth floor, police said. They knocked and were allowed into the room by three men.

Officers observed chemicals inside the room and arrested the men, police said. A fourth man arrived and was also taken into custody.

A fifth man who had been staying in the room was found wandering around the parking lot and was also arrested, police said.

Police said the men, who were in the area for work, likely checked into the hotel on Saturday. They manufactured the drugs because they were unable to find methamphetamine locally, according to investigators. Police served a search warrant and also found heroin and a handgun.

Howard County fire and rescue services responded and evacuated all of the rooms on the fourth floor and the rooms above and below the suspected meth lab, police said.

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