Owner of Bozeman motel responds to drug lab bust

Posted at 11:24 AM, Apr 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-09 13:24:27-04

MISSOULA – A Bozeman hotel owner is worried negative comments on social media will not only hurt his business but also his employees.

Larry Lambert of Missoula has owned motels and hotels for about 30 years and currently owns the Bozeman Super 8 where police busted a meth lab last week. The raid happened after a guest reported suspicious activity around 2:30 a.m. with the front desk clerk calling the police.

“If something happens, if there’s illegal activity, you call the police. At another hotel another person may have checked into the room, same story, same everything happens and the hotel may just kick them out,” Lambert said.

“And if they just kick them out and they don’t say anything they take their problem, they take their drugs down the road to do it somewhere else. At another town another hotel in another something. That’s not what we do,” he added.

Lambert told MTN News that the hotel has received a lot of negative feedback because of their actions from the community and he’s worried his employees could be hurt in the long run for simply doing the right thing.

“All of our employees, they’re not working for us because they just want to come in and hang out. They’re working for us because they [want to]. They have families to support,” Lambert said.

“You know, they’re either the breadwinner or their the second income for the expendable income. so those people count on the income that they get from the rooms that we rent,” he concluded.

Lambert says his staff will continue training with the Missouri River Task Force which conducted last week’s meth lab raid.