A Decatur Township man and woman are facing multiple charges after Van Buren County deputies seized a meth lab from their home. The individuals names have not yet been released as the investigation is ongoing and formal charges pending.
According to a news article at Mlive.com, police discovered meth lab materials inside a residence located in the 79000 block of 39th Street in Decatur Township. The sheriff’s office narcotics unit conducted a search of the residence after contacting the residents, a 38-year-old woman and 40-year-old man. Upon searching the home, investigators claim to have found numerous components used for making and smoking methamphetamine.
Authorities received a tip claiming that methamphetamine was being made inside the residence and discovered what they believe to be a meth lab operation after acting on that tip. Once the investigation is complete the details will be sent to prosecutors for review. It is expected the man and woman will be charged with maintaining a drug house, possession of methamphetamine, and operating/maintaining a meth lab.
Charges of operating and maintaining a meth lab are serious, leaving those convicted facing life-changing penalties. In Michigan, meth is a Schedule 2 drug which means it has a high potential for addiction or abuse. Not only is meth itself a dangerous drug, the volatile ingredients used in its manufacture make for a dangerous environment and often lead to explosions.
If found guilty of manufacturing methamphetamine or crystal meth, those convicted may face criminal penalties which include fines of up to $25,000, up to 20 years in prison, driver’s license suspension, potential asset forfeiture, and more. Penalties may also be enhanced depending on other factors.
If you have been accused of operating/maintaining a meth lab, possession, or any drug-related offense, consult with a talented Michigan drug crime defense attorney immediately. You must seek legal guidance and support in order to have the best chance of avoiding a conviction and the resulting punishment, and to maintain your freedom.