Motel owners faced with meth cleanup

A Gilbertsville couple is facing charges after Marshall County deputies arrested them for making meth in a motel room. The motel owner is facing expensive cleanup costs. 

Bethanie Taylor’s mother-in-law owns the Cinderella Motel in Gilbertsville and said a tenant called her concerned over the weekend. 

“Her eyes were burning,” she said. “She woke up, her dog was sneezing and coughing and she knew something was wrong.” 

Taylor called the sheriff’s department, and soon Nicholas Ordunez and Megan Steinkoenig were in custody. The room is to remain empty until it’s cleaned up, and Taylor said that’s the most frustrating part: they’re going to have to pay for it. 

“The box springs, the mattresses, the sheets, the curtains, the towels, three chairs, all the rugs —everything has to be replaced,” she said. Someone from the Marshall County Health Department will visit Tuesday to assess the damage and see if any of the other rooms, which share an air vent, will need to be professionally cleaned as well. 

Taylor said the total will likely be in the thousands, and there’s no way they can afford it. She told Local 6 even if they get the room cleaned, it will take much longer to repair their reputation which they’ve worked hard to keep clean. 

Ordunez is charged with meth manufacturing. Steinkoenig is charged with unlawful distribution of a meth precursor. Both are also charged with wanton endangerment, possession of a controlled substance, and other drug charges.

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