Deputies identify man accused of making meth in North Charleston hotel

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A man accused of cooking meth inside a North Charleston hotel room was identified Thursday.

Deputies arrested Michael Lee Collins Jr., 31, of Farm Branch Lane in Summerville, on a 2010 forgery charge Wednesday. In the process of making the arrest, they found materials to make meth in his car, according to sheriff’s Capt. Michael Stanley.

Deputies searched Collins’ hotel room at Value Place on Northside Drive and determined that it was being used as a meth lab, Stanley said.

Dozens of emergency workers, including firefighters, paramedics and the county hazardous materials unit, surrounded the hotel about 1 p.m. and spent hours clearing the scene.

Scores of residents were kept from their rooms until long after dark.

Deputies charged Collins with forgery and with manufacturing methamphetamine. He was being held at the Cannon Detention Center on $110,000 bail.

Collins has been convicted on multiple charges since 1997, including a pair of burglaries, shoplifting and public disorderly conduct, State Law Enforcement Division records show.

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