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Two Arrested in Baldwin Motel Meth Bust
Two Arrested in Baldwin Motel Meth Bust

DUVAL COUNTY, Fla. -- Police checking on a suspect's probation status found him and plenty more to bring him back to jail, along with a second suspect.

According to a news release from Jacksonville Sheriff's Office spokesman Dewayne Richardson, officers went to the Hawkins Motel in Baldwin Wednesday morning to meet with 23-year-old Cody Eugene Hodges.

Hodges is on probation, released from jail in 2009 on a charge of carrying a concealed firearm.  He also was arrested in 2008 for fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement.

When meeting with Hodges, who was in the motel with another man, the officers reported seeing drug paraphernalia in plain view, and it had the makings of a meth lab.

The officers called in the bomb squad, and witnesses reported seeing people in hazmat suits at the motel.

Police collected crack pipes, ephedrine, hypodermic needles and various chemicals used in manufacturing methamphetamine, according to Richardson, who on Wednesday described the meth lab as being a "decent size."

Hodges and the other man, 32-year-old Justin Wade Hendrix, were arrested on charges of use or possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia, possession of listed chemicals, and possession with intent to sell.  Hodges faces an additional charge of violation of probation.

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