Kevin Lee Tucker, a 54-year-old Big Rapids Township man, was scheduled to return to court on November 19 on multiple charges related to the manufacturing of methamphetamines. Tucker’s home was raided on November 13 by CMET (Central Michigan Enforcement Team), who had secured a search warrant.
According to news reports, deputies with the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Department obtained information regarding the alleged meth lab in October; this information led to an “intensive investigation,” according to police. Tucker was allegedly manufacturing methamphetamines using a method which is fairly uncommon, and known as the Red Phosphorous Method.
Neighbors in the Big Rapids Township community were said to be shocked that such activity was going on in their neighborhood. Police seized evidence, although news reports did not reveal what that evidence was. Neighbors reported that meth making components were being taken from a barn on the property.
Tucker faces charges which include manufacturing meth, owing equipment to make meth, owning a building to make meth, possession of meth, and operating a meth lab with hazardous waste. Police said that hazardous waste was sealed and removed from the scene, to be disposed of at a hazardous-waste collection site.
In the state of Michigan, possessing and/or manufacturing methamphetamine are extremely serious charges. If convicted, the accused faces harsh penalties which may include substantial fines and prison time. In fact, meth possession may result in penalties which include fines of up to $15,000 and 10 years in jail. If convicted of manufacturing methamphetamines, an individual may face fines of up to $25,000 and up to 20 years in prison. Other penalties may include driver’s license suspension and having parenting rights revoked if CPS conducts an investigation into the making of meth on property where children live.
If you have been arrested or charged with possession of meth or manufacturing, it is critical to speak with a skilled and aggressive Michigan drug crime attorney right away.