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Pair driving mobile meth lab arrested

Tri-City Times, July 16, 2014

IMLAY CITY — Imlay City Police Officer David Rock is credited with helping nab two suspects Monday night, July 14, who were driving a vehicle described by Thumb Narcotics Unit officers as a "mobile meth lab."

TNU D/Lt. Doug Rogers said Officer Rock pulled over the suspects' eastbound vehicle, a 1993 Jeep Cherokee, shortly after 9 p.m. near the intersection of M-21 (Imlay City Rd.) and Blacks Corners Road.

Arrested at the scene were a 38-year-old man and 29-year-old woman, both of Lewiston, MI, who were wanted on multiple felony charges related to methamphetamine production in Otsego County.

D/Lt. Rogers said an investigation revealed that the pair may have been in Lapeer County. He said TNU detectives had been canvassing the area for the suspects, along with Michigan State Police and neighboring departments.

Rogers said a search of the Cherokee revealed a "one pot" methamphetamine cook inside. He said for safety reasons, Imlay City firefighters were called to the scene and Imlay City Road was temporarily closed to traffic.

"The components required to manufacture methamphetamine are extremely flammable," said Rogers. "When combined, the chemical process involved creates an unstable environment that is prone to explosion."

He added that a Michigan State Police "meth response team" was called to the scene and rendered the concoction safe, taking away the remaining hazardous waste.

Rogers acknowledged Imlay City police and firefighters, Lapeer County Sheriff's deputies and Michigan State Police Lapeer Post for their collective cooperation and participation.

D/Lt. Rogers described methamphetamine as "extremely addictive."

"Use can cause paranoia, violent behavior, weight loss, open sores and the loss of teeth," he said.

Rogers added that the manufacture of methamphetamine is a felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison.