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DeWITT TWP. – A silver Oldsmobile Alero pulled over by a city of DeWitt police officer early Wednesday had the components of a methamphetamine lab and a rifle in the trunk.

The car contained what police described as “possible explosive-making materials” in the passenger compartment, along with methamphetamine, prescription pills and a knife that police are calling a concealed weapon.
Four of the car’s five occupants – the 20-year-old woman who was driving and three male passengers, ages 20, 21 and 41 – are expected to be arraigned on drug charges this afternoon in 65th District Court. One of the men will also face a concealed weapon charge.
The fifth passenger, an 18-year-old woman, was released without charges.
The city of DeWitt officer had followed the car from the city, pulling it over shortly after 4 a.m. at a Speedway gas station in DeWitt Township after requesting permission from township authorities.
It was a bomb-sniffing dog that arrived on the scene with Clinton County sheriff’s deputies that detected the possible explosives, leading police to close a stretch of Business U.S. 27 for several hours Wednesday morning, as Michigan State Police bomb squad robots and, later, a team of officers in hazardous materials suits sifted through the contents of the vehicle.
The gas station and a branch of Firstbank next door were evacuated. Operators of a nearby day care decided on their own to close the facility, asking parents to come and get the children they had dropped off just hours before.
Along with the meth, officers found “components that after investigation were not unsafe but with additional products that weren’t in the vehicle could be used to make a device,” DeWitt police Lt. Joseph Spagnuolo said.
The driver of the car and two passengers were taken to the Clinton County Jail on Wednesday. The 41-year-old man was taken to a Lansing hospital for evaluation.

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