Three people have been charged with felonies in connection with a methamphetamine lab found at a West School Road property in October.
Rebecca Jean Huguelet, 35, Mount Pleasant; Paul Howard Mentel, 33, Cadillac; and Jamison Leigh Stone, 27, Coleman, each face charges of operating or maintaining a meth lab, possession of meth and delivery or manufacture of meth. Mentel also faces habitual fourth offender notice, while each of Stone’s charges are second offense counts and he faces habitual third offender status as well.
The charges were filed after an investigation conducted by the Bay Area Narcotics Enforcement Team, which included surveillance on the home at 5727 W. School Road on Oct. 13.
An affidavit filed in each case states while conducting surveillance, detectives watched one of the suspects walk from the house to a pole barn on the property several times. When they contacted that man at the door of the pole barn, two active one pot methamphetamine cooks were seen on a table near the door. A one pot cook refers to a method of producing meth inside a plastic bottle.
A search warrant for the home and pole barn was obtained, and seized were the one pot cooks, components and methamphetamine, the affidavit states.
All three suspects were arrested at the scene. They were arraigned by Midland County District Court Magistrate Gerald L. Ladwig, who set bond at $35,000 cash for Huguelet, $75,000 cash or surety for Mentel and $50,000 cash or surety for Stone.
Their cases have since been bound over to the circuit court. Each defendant was granted a court-appointed attorney.
Stone also faces charges in a second case involving meth, in connection with an incident that occurred in Coleman on April 10.
He was arraigned on counts of second-offense meth possession, second-offense possession of hydrocodone and habitual fourth offender notice back in May. That case also has been bound over to the circuit court.
Operating or maintaining a meth lab is punishable by up to 20 years in prison; delivery or manufacture of meth is punishable by up to 20 years in prison; and possession of meth is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.