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Two Oklahoma men plead guilty to operating meth lab in Elkridge hotel

By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com

7:45 AM EST, December 19, 2012

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The two Oklahoma men arrested in June for operating a meth lab out of an Elkridge hotel room pleaded guilty in Howard County Circuit Court this week, according to state’s attorney spokesman Wayne Kirwan.

Joshua Wade Matthews, 34, and Forrest Derrick Rhoades, 35, both of Sallisaw, Okla., pleaded guilty to manufacturing a controlled dangerous substance and to reckless endangerment, Kirwan said.

Rhoades, who pleaded guilty on Tuesday, Dec. 18, will serve nine months in jail, while Matthews, who pleaded guilty on Monday, Dec. 17, is set to be sentenced on March 27. According to Kirwan, prosecutors will recommend a prison sentence of three years for Matthews.

According to prosecutors, Howard County Police seized just under 90 grams of methamphetamine from inside a room at the Holiday Inn Express, in the 6000 block of Marshalee Drive.

Police responded to the motel at 10:40 p.m. on June 5 after receiving an anonymous tip about a strange odor coming from a room.

Two other out-of-state men have pleaded guilty to drug charges in connection with the operation and are awaiting sentencing hearings.

Josiah David Martin, 23, and Amos Joel Martin, 21, both of Mesick, Mich., pleaded guilty to manufacturing a controlled substance and reckless endangerment.

The elder Martin will be sentenced on March 8, while the younger Martin will be sentenced on Jan. 18.

Charges against a fifth man, Spencer Allen Smith, 22, of Lock Haven, Pa, were dropped, Kirwan said.