2 charged with cooking meth at area motel

MANSFIELD – Two people were charged with cooking methamphetamine in a local motel room.

According to documents filed at District Judge James Carlson’s office, Randy H. Hoffman Jr., 35, of 2580 Charleston Road, Mansfield, and Keith R. Springer, 31, no known address, were charged on Friday by state police with manufacture of a controlled substance, discarding chemical waste resulting from the manufacture of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of liquified ammonia gas.

Police said they had meth-making equipment and chemicals and drug paraphernalia at the Mansfield Inn, 26 S. Main St.

Police, acting on a tip that meth may be manufactured in or near Mansfield on that date, were dispatched to the Wal-Mart for a report of stolen items on May 2.

Wal-Mart personnel told police that Springer had stolen items earlier that day, and then exchanged them for a gift card.

Police were told the people buying the meth making items would be at the store at about 8:30 p.m. that day. At about 7:30, police were contacted by Wal-Mart to say the group was in the store. Police said Hoffman had just purchased pseudoephedrine and he and Lisa Deacon had purchased Coleman campstove fuel with the gift card before leaving for the motel where they were captured.

A search of the motel room with a warrant revealed store receipts for the materials.

Smith told police she was an addict and Springer, a manufacturer.

Both men were jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail. Their preliminary hearings were set for May 14.