A meth lab bust at the Pineapple Inn in Newport,RI, on Thursday, raises concerns that meth lab busts may become a growing trend in the northeast, leaving in their wake a trail of toxic contaminants that present a threat to the public’s health.
Picture: The Pineapple Inn, a motel not far from the City of Newport, describes itself as being open year round and located just “minutes away from downtown Newport with its famous mansions, shops, night life, and the Newport Harbor” and “near deep sea, on-shore fishing, and fabulous beaches.”
Meth lab bust details
Through a combined effort between the WarwickRhode Island police and federal Drug Enforcement Agents, a meth lab was discovered and removed from Room 132 at the Pineapple Inn room, a room belonging to Sean Costigan, a 51-year-old man from Pawtucket, RI.
Police allege that Costigan sold meth to them on at least 4 occasions, in addition to having materials used to make meth in his guest room. Costigan is now faces federal drug trafficking charges.
Although, details of the meth lab bust are still unfolding, a warning sign that hazardous materials have been removed from Room 132 has already been posted on Room 132 by law enforcement agents.
Picture: A warning sign posted on Room 132 at the Pineapple Inn to alert the public that despite the fact that law enforcement has removed the meth lab, chemicals, and drug paraphernalia from Room 132, meth lab chemical contamination, that threatens human health, may still be present.
While the motel boasts about its convenient location, some guests who have stayed at the motel, aren’t exactly singing it’s praises. According to some Yelp reviewers, rooms at the hotel include one with a cracked venetian blind that was repaired with a band-aid, a room that was never cleaned during their stay, a towel that had a piece of curly short hair woven in to it, and a tub and shower combination that filled up with a foot water after 3 people used it to take showers.
Picture: Police remove chemicals found inside Room 132, a guest room at the Pineapple Inn. Toxic chemicals, such as brake fluid and acids including drain cleaners are two of many types of chemicals used to manufacture meth, which can be manufactured in small plastic bottles, like the one shown in this photo.
Another Yelp reviewer noted that they would pay for a nicer place to stay or go camping before staying at the motel again, after paying $80 to rent a guest room that had dirty bedding, a bug crawling on the bed, and a bathroom in poor condition. And judging by yesterday’s meth lab bust, it appears that guests of the motel may have more than dirty linens to worry about.
The manufacture of methamphetamine is a highly toxic and volatile process that causes explosions, fires, and chemical contamination that can cause serious health problems both during and after the process of making meth has been completed. Room 132 and its adjoining rooms may all have become contaminated with health-harming meth lab chemicals that pose a threat to human health.
This week’s meth lab bust comes less than two months after a meth lab bust in nearby Lakeville, MA
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