OWOSSO — Three arrests have been made after a year-and-a-half long Mid-Michigan Area Group Narcotics Enforcement Team (MAGNET) investigation into a small house fire believed to be caused by a methamphetamine lab.
Matthew Frasher, Jody Holtz and Zachary Stowe have been arrested and arraigned in a federal court, according to MAGNET Lt. Jim Wolfe.
All three were charged May 18 with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. Other charges range from possession of methamphetamine to endangering children, but the charges vary for each individual.
Sentences for the charges range from 10 to 30 years.
Holtz is the mother of Laurencio Rodriguez, who is currently facing trial in the murder of Rachel Scott.
Wolfe said three children were living in the home on Washington Street when the Owosso Fire Department was called to a small kitchen fire at the home at approximately 3 a.m. Nov. 14, 2009.
When firefighters arrived, Wolfe said, they notice a mason jar, coffee filters and chemicals used in the creation of methamphetamine.
At least one adult lived there, but investigators believe the three individuals, as well as others, were involved in the methamphetamine lab in various ways, ranging from cooking the drug to purchasing the materials and ingredients.
Wolfe said he expects at least two more arrests to be made in the case, and possibly four.
Wolfe classified the situation as “careless, reckless behavior” because of the presence of children. He also said the house was broken up into two apartments, putting other residents in danger of a highly flammable and unstable process of creating methamphetamine.