JACKSON, MI – Five one-pot methamphetamine labs were found in the Jackson-area in a 26-hour period, but police do not believe the discoveries indicate an increase in usage.
Two people were arrested Monday, Nov. 24, after officers from the Jackson Narcotics Enforcement Team responded to the 5100 block of Cummings Road in Sandstone Township.
Michigan State Police Detective Lt. Dave Cook, who heads JNET, said two suspects were living in a tent in the back of a residence when a one-pot lab exploded inside tires stacked three high. A person nearby saw the explosion and notified authorities about 5 p.m.
Cook said investigators found a total of four one-pot meth labs in three Gatorade bottles and one Powerade bottle at the scene along with lye, Coleman fuel and lithium strips.
A 47-year-old woman and a 54-year-old man were arrested on charges of operating and maintaining a meth lab and narcotic equipment violation in relation to the incident.
About 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a report of a possible arson near the intersection of W. Coonhill Road and N. Meridian Road. Jackson County Undersheriff Christopher Kuhl said deputies discovered an exploded one-pot meth lab and notified JNET.
Michigan State Police Detective Lt. Dave Cook said investigators determined the lab had been “dumped” after it exploded. A person of interest has been identified related to the lab and the report will be forwarded to the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office for potential charges.
No injuries were reported in either incident.
Cook said the recent spurt in meth-related incidents is not uncommon and he does not think there is necessarily an increase in meth use in the Jackson area. The recent increase in incidents is likely a coincidence, he said.
Kuhl said Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies also arrested two suspects Tuesday, Nov. 26, in the 300 block of Hillside Avenue in Summit Township on outstanding warrants and possession of methamphetamine components. Kuhl said there is no indication the 37-year-old man and 33-year-old man have any connection with the meth lab found in Henrietta Township on Sunday.