A Cedar Springs traffic stop last month resulted in a man being charged with running a mobile meth lab. And now he’s on the run.
According to Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent, Officer Chad Potts was on patrol on N. Main Street about 4 p.m., on Thursday, February 16, when he noticed a passenger in a vehicle that passed by, who had outstanding warrants. He made a traffic stop, and a Kent County deputy arrived to assist in the investigation.
The passenger, Joshua David Kuhn, 23, of Cedar Springs, was arrested for two of his warrants—one was “failure to appear” on a driving while license was suspended out of Newaygo County, and the other was a felony warrant through Kent County. The felony warrant was a three-count warrant for violation of controlled substances: possession of methamphetamine/ecstasy, controlled substance-operating-maintaining a laboratory, and third degree retail fraud.
The driver was questioned about an unusual smell coming from inside his vehicle. Officer Potts requested permission to search and was allowed to. While conducting the search, Officer Potts found the various components needed to manufacture meth.
Michael Adam Woroniecki, 29, of Sand Lake, faces felony charges of violation of a controlled substance-operating a laboratory involving methamphetamine, and as a habitual offender 4th offense. A $25,000 cash/surety bond was set for the warrant, and the Cedar Springs Police made contact with the suspect by phone, and he agreed to turn himself in. That date has come and gone with no sign of the suspect.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Michael Woroniecki should contact the Cedar Springs Police Department at 616-696-1311 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.
Chief Parent said he does not believe that recent drug arrests indicate the city’s drug problem is on the rise. “I commend the officers for being alert and thorough when they are investigating complaints. We receive tips and information on a regular basis,” he remarked.
Police notified the Kent County Area drug team (KANET) about this case and the other meth arrest (Jacob Allen Ringer) by Officer Paul Feutz last Thursday.