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March 29, 2014

Two men arraigned on felony meth charges

TRAVERSE CITY — Two men face multiple felony charges after authorities said they witnessed them selling methamphetamine to an undercover informant.

Sawyer Allen Larson, 21, of Traverse City, and Matthew Carter Lewis, 31, of Kalkaska were arraigned Friday on charges of manufacturing and delivering methamphetamine and imitation methamphetamine. Larson also faces charges of operating a meth lab out of his lower-level apartment at 804 S. Union in Traverse City. All are felony charges.

Detectives from the Traverse Narcotics Team said they witnessed Larson and Lewis deliver a controlled substance to an undercover informant at Pine and 14th streets on March 18. The substance tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine, according to court documents.

The undercover informant arranged another methamphetamine buy from Larson and Lewis on Tuesday. Traverse Narcotics Team and Traverse City Police officers arrested the two men after the transaction.

Larson told detectives the substance he sold to the informant the second time was not meth, but ground-up painkillers, according to court documents.

Officers obtained a search warrant for the apartment Larson rented on Union Street and found components and supplies used in the “one pot method” of the manufacture of methamphetamine, court records show.

Both men will have preliminary exams on April 11.

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