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“We are not going to put up with such a volatile mix in our community,” the Cass County prosecutor said Friday about “a meth-making, bomb-possessing Edwardsburg man who also had over 20 firearms at the ready.”

A jury found 54-year-old Scott Blaisedell guilty of 14 criminal counts on Wednesday, according to a news release issued Friday.

“Mr. Blaisdell has earned his ticket to the joint,” said Cass County Prosecutor Victor FitzIn February of 2012, the Cass County Drug Enforcement Team executed a search warrant on Blaisdell’s home in the 70000 block of Five Points Road in Edwardsburg. Police say they found a methamphetamine lab and – to their surprise – an improvised explosive device in a safe in a guest bedroom.

“CCDET and the Berrien County Bomb squad faced a life and death situation,” said Fitz. “At great personal risk they did a fantastic job neutralizing the explosive and the drug lab. We sometimes take these things for granted. But it is what they do for a living.”

During the trial, Blaisdell did not testify and did not present any witnesses. It took the jury an hour and a half to find him guilty of numerous counts.

“…13 felonies including Possession of a Bomb, Operating a Laboratory involving a Firearm/Harmful Device, Operating a Laboratory involving a Hazardous Waste, Operating a Laboratory involving Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Delivery/Manufacture of Marijuana, Maintaining a Drug House, and six counts of Felony Firearm,” according to Wednesday’s news release. “The Jury found him guilty of an additional misdemeanor count of Possession of Marijuana. They also found him not guilty of possession of a bomb with unlawful intent and a count of felony firearm.”

The felony firearm convictions require a mandatory 2-year prison term. Consecutive to that, Blaisdell also faces up to 25 years for the other counts. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 24.


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