A Peabody man whose meth lab exploded in a Holiday Inn room in 2012 pleaded guilty to attempting to manufacture methamphetamine, reported the Salem News.
Joseph E. Penachio, 35, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Wednesday to the one count of attempting to manufacture meth as part of a plea agreement that also dropped two other charges. Penachio is free on bond and will be sentenced on May 30, reported the Salem News.
In July 2012, a meth lab exploded in a first-floor room at the Holiday Inn on Route 1. The hotel was evacuated and police found the meth lab inside the room.
Seventeen rooms were sealed off and refurnished because of chemical vapors from the explosion.
Penachio was arrested a full year later when SWAT teams, federal agents and Peabody Police descended upon his home at 251 Lynn St.
Read previous Patch coverage about the meth lab and arrest:Aug. 2, 2013: Peabody Man Faces Charges for 2012 Meth Lab Explosion at Hotel
Aug. 1 , 2013: Authorities Take Man Into Custody on Federal Charges
Aug. 3, 2012: 17 Rooms Sealed Off at Hotel Due to Chemical Lab
July 31, 2012: Police Searching for Suspect in Makeshift Lab at Hotel
July 30, 2012: Curious What's in a Meth Lab?
July 30, 2012: Holiday Inn Evacuated for Possible Meth Lab in Room