Posted on 28 January 2016.
Troopers from the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post were called to a breaking and entering in progress of an unoccupied home on Tuesday, January 26, about 7 p.m. The homeowner was out of state in California. Upon arrival, the Troopers located a vehicle in the driveway and contacted the homeowner, who gave permission for the Troopers to search the home. While checking the home, they observed evidence related to the use of methamphetamine.
A 37-year-old male and 17-year-old female were found inside the residence. While speaking with the male and female, the male admitted to possessing a one-pot meth lab in his vehicle in the driveway.
CMET (Central Michigan Enforcement Team) was called in to assist with the one pot meth lab. The male suspect was arrested for unlawful entry and an outstanding warrant. Additional charges are pending in relation to the manufacturing methamphetamine. The names are being withheld pending formal charges and arraignments.
Troopers were assisted on scene by the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department and CMET.
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Posted on 14 January 2016.
Derek John Rider
A Sparta man will spend time in prison after a traffic stop last spring turned up components of a mobile meth lab in his vehicle.
Derek John Rider, 31, was traveling along 17 Mile in Cedar Springs, east of US131, on May 9, 2015, when he was pulled over by police. They found methamphetamine and items to make it in his vehicle.
Rider pleaded guilty last month to manufacturing meth, and in exchange, a charge of maintaining a meth lab involving hazardous waste and a habitual offender charge were dropped. He was sentenced to a minimum of four years and three months and a maximum of 30 years in prison.
Rider was previously convicted in 2014 on a charge of possession of methamphetamine and sentenced to two years probation. Most recently he has served time in the Kent County jail for operating while intoxicated and operating while intoxicated with a blood alchol content over .17.
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Posted on 02 July 2015.
Jason Andrew Butler, 36, of Cedar Springs, was sentenced to prison last Thursday, June 25, for maintaining a meth lab in his home.
Butler was arrested on April 15, by Kent County Sheriff deputies and detectives on outstanding warrants near the intersection of 1st and Cherry, in the City of Cedar Springs. A subsequent investigation led to the discovery of methamphetamine and a meth lab in his home.
Butler pled guilty, and was sentenced to 8-20 years each on charges of operating and maintaining a meth lab, and delivery or manufacturing methamphetamine. Two charges of stealing a financial transaction device were dropped.
The Kent Area Narcotics Enforcement Team (KANET) led the investigation.
Michigan State Police Meth Clandestine Lab Response Team responded to the scene to secure and remove the lab. Also assisting with the investigation was Child Protective Services, due to the close proximity of children to the lab. Two minor children were removed from the home pursuant to a court order.
Butler’s older brother, Joseph Clayton Butler, was sentenced to prison in April, for the same offense.
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Posted on 24 January 2014.
Police descended on a meth lab in Greenville Sunday morning, January 19. Photo courtesy of Woodtv.com.
The Central Michigan Enforcement Team (CMET) and the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post investigated a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory in the City of Greenville on Sunday, January 19.
MSP Lakeview troopers responded to the scene in an attempt to arrest the homeowner on an outstanding warrant and investigate the reports of illegal activity taking place at the residence. When troopers from the Lakeview Post attempted to make contact with the residents, they refused to answer the door. The residence was secured and a search warrant was obtained.
The Michigan State Police Emergency Response Team responded to the scene. After a brief standoff, the occupants of the residence exited and were arrested. CMET then responded and a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory was removed from the residence.
Arrested was John Vogl, 43; Cassaundra Kidder, 22; and a 17 year old male. All were arrested and lodged at the Montcalm County Jail on methamphetamine related charges.
CMET was assisted at the scene by Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, Greenville Department of Public Safety, and the Michigan State Police Emergency Response Team. CMET is a multi-jurisdictional drug task force operating in Montcalm, Newaygo, Mecosta and Ionia County. CMET consists of detectives from the Michigan State Police, Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department, Ionia County Sheriff’s Department, Newaygo County Sheriff’s Department, Mecosta County Sheriff’s Department, Big Rapids Department of Public Safety and Ferris State University Department of Public Safety.
This investigation continues and anyone with information can contact Silent Observer or CMET at 1-800-342-0406.
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