ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (WMAR) -
Two Oklahoma men pleaded guilty this week for their roles in a methamphetamine lab that was found in an Elkridge hotel room last June.
Yesterday, Joshua Wade Matthews, 34, pleaded guilty to manufacturing a controlled dangerous substance and reckless endangerment. A sentencing date has been set for March 27, 2013, at which time, prosecutors will recommend a sentence of three years.
Earlier today, Forrest Derrick Rhoades, 35, pleaded guilty to manufacturing a controlled dangerous substance and reckless endangerment, he was sentenced to nine months in jail.
Police received an anonymous call last June 5, with the caller reporting a strange odor inside a room at the Holiday Inn Express in the 6000 block of Marshalee Drive. Police seized just under 90 grams of methamphetamine.
In presenting the statement of facts against Matthews, Assistant State's Attorney Les Gross told the court that "Matthews was forthcoming" with police and authorities, concerning how long they had 'before the (meth) lab became unstable," enabling them to render the room safe.
Two other out-of-state men have also pleaded guilty to drug charges and are awaiting sentencing hearings. Josiah David Martin, 23, of Michigan, pleaded guilty last week, and faces sentencing on March 8, 2013. Amos Joel Martin, 21, also of Michigan pleaded guilty in October and will be sentenced on January 18.
Charges against a fifth man arrested at the hotel were dismissed.