Cocoa Beach motel evacuated while police clear meth lab


COCOA BEACH, Fla. - A Winter Park man was arrested early Tuesday morning after Cocoa Beach police said they found a meth lab in his motel room.

Police said Jacob Rice, 29, was arrested when they found him with materials and chemicals used to make methamphetamine. They said he was about to start producing meth when officers found him.

According to police, officers were doing a property check at the Motel 6 in the 3000 block of North Atlantic Avenue when they smelled the odor of marijuana coming from one of the motel rooms. That is when they discovered the meth lab.

A portion of the motel was evacuated while Brevard County Fire Rescue Hazardous Materials Team cleared the scene.

Rice was charged with unlawful possession of listed chemicals and taken to the Brevard County Detention Center. He was jailed on a $30,000 bond.