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Kimberly Cox, Jeremy Hopson Busted For Motel Meth Lab, Police Say

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Officials in Hazmat suits clear the motel room of hazardous materials from the meth lab.
Officials in Hazmat suits clear the motel room of hazardous materials from the meth lab.

Siri probably won't tell you where to find a meth lab. One South Carolina man, though, was able to track one down by losing his phone entirely.

Police in Summerville, S.C., responded to a phone call last Saturday from a 32-year-old man, whose name has not been released, attempting to retrieve his missing cellphone. He told police that his friend, 32-year-old Kimberly Cox, had visited his home earlier with a man named Jeremy Hopson, 35, WCSC reported.

The caller said that his cellphone went missing after the visit and that Cox had admitted she had the phone. Cox allegedly said the man could come to her room at the Economy Inn to pick up the phone, but every time he tried to retrieve it, he was met with a closed door and a male voice telling him to "come back."

When police arrived at the motel room, Hopson answered the door. Officers noticed a "very strong urine odor" coming from behind a closed bathroom door, according to ABC News 4. Hopson allegedly told the police that he knew nothing about the phone, and that Cox was not there, WMBF reports. When police asked if anyone was in the bathroom, Hopson reportedly said no.

Eventually, however, Cox emerged from the bathroom and police asked Hopson why he was lying. Police say Hopson replied, "'Cause she told me to lie to y'all."

In the bathroom, police came upon what Captain John Rogers described as a "small" but "active" and "working" meth lab. Paraphernalia included tubing, lighter fluid, a glass tray, a large Mountain Dew bottle and several other containers.

Cox and Hopson are both charged with manufacturing methamphetamines, according to the Post and Courier, and will be taken to a detention center in Berkeley County, S.C.

The original caller's cellphone was never located.

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