Man arrested, charged with cooking drugs at Boardman hotel

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Police were called just before 9:30 a.m. Tuesday to the hotel on South Avenue

Justin Bowman, Drug Charges, Boardman

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – A man was arrested Tuesday at a hotel in Boardman after police say he was cooking drugs there.

Police were called just before 9:30 a.m. to the hotel on South Avenue on suspicion of drug activity after the fire alarm went off.

Everyone was evacuated from the the hotel.

According to a police report, a man who was standing outside, later identified as Justin Bowman, told officers he was cooking food on a hot plate and the plastic underneath started to melt, creating smoke. He said he put the plate under water, which also created a lot of steam.

A witness said they saw 39-year-old Bowman run out of his room right after the fire alarm went off carrying a black trash bag.

Police said the hotel room that Bowman was in smelled of chemicals, and surveillance video showed him running from the hotel carrying a bag, which he dropped at a nearby property.

Inside the bag, police say they found chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine. They determined that an explosion had occurred inside Bowman’s hotel room while he was cooking the drugs, the report stated.

Emergency crews stayed on the scene until about 6 p.m.

Bowman was arrested and is facing several charges, including aggravated arson, illegal assembly or possessing chemicals for manufacturing drugs, possession of drugs, inducing panic and tampering with evidence.

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