HUDSON, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Two people were arraigned Monday after authorities claim they found a methamphetamine manufacturing operation while responding to a kitchen fire at a Hudson public housing complex.
Ronald Royse, 46, and Joanna Miles, 44, are charged with possession and manufacture of methamphetamine and disturbing the peace.
Royse was held on $100,000 bail. Miles was held on $50,000 bail and she was also held on a previous warrant for prostitution.
The pair had dozens of convictions on record.
According to court documents, Miles has appeared before Massachusetts court judges 55 times for charges ranging from prostitution to drug possession. Royse has 91 appearances on his adult record in Massachusetts, with criminal history in other states including Florida, Tennessee, New York, and Pennsylvania.
Defense attorneys said the pair were not looking to distribute what they were making. Middlesex County Assistant District Attorney Melissa Baima said both made admissions to police officers that they were "in need of a fix."
Firefighters responded to the Peter's Grove apartment complex, which houses dozens of elderly residents, at about 4:30 p.m. Many other residents of the complex, some in wheelchairs, were evacuated as a precaution.
While some residents had family they could stay with in the area, others had to stay overnight in a shelter.
A hazardous materials team and the state police bomb squad were also called to the scene.