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DEA reveals locations of two disturbing meth labs in Michigan

I'd like to think that most of my neighbors are friendly, hard-working people who are just trying to live their lives and keep to themselves. Unfortunately, for some of us, illegal activity may be lurking closer to home than we realize.

Michigan is no stranger to drug crime, in fact, 29% of drug crime nationwide is tied to our state. Methamphetamine (meth) accounts for 47% of the drugs exported from Michigan nationwide.

Fortunately, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) offers tools to help you learn what crimes might be happening in your community. Even though you may not be able to do much for your neighbors, staying informed can always help you stay safe.

Where did the DEA find meth labs in Michigan?

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According to data from the National Clandestine Laboratory Register, two meth labs were discovered in Michigan in 2023. The first was in Houghton, 2100 Spruce Lane.

The lab was busted on February 16 and according to local news sources, Michael and Arleen Statler were arrested on three counts of delivery of methamphetamine. They also found weapons on site.

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The second meth lab found in Michigan last year was found a month later in Kalkaska. An unnamed man was arrested at 202 North Coral Street after a warrant led to suspected drugs being found at his home.

They didn't even try to hide what they were doing. The arrest report indicates that officers reported clearly visible drugs during the arrest.

While the number of these incidents is fortunately quite small, it's always good to be aware of what's going on, just in case it happens close to home.

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