SAN FRANCISCO—Authorities arrested two suspects accused of operating a meth lab at a hotel in San Francisco. The hotel was being utilized as a COVID-19 shelter for those quarantining, who are at risk, or are without housing. Evidence of the meth lab was discovered in a room on the upper floor of the hotel.

On Saturday, August 1, at 2:30 p.m., officers responded to a call of a strong chemical odor from the Civic Center Motor Inn. Both police and residents had to wait for a Hazardous Materials Response team to arrive at the scene of the incident to determine the safety of the hotel.

The hotel is one of many that has been contracted with San Francisco’s Shelter in Place program. The program covers the costs to provide rooms and meals for those who are quarantining, at risk or without housing.

Both of the adults were arrested and are registered as guests at the hotel. Their names have not been released to the public. The city reserved approximately 3,000 hotel and RV units for the Shelter in Place program.