Traverse City Record-Eagle

April 9, 2013

Separate investigations yield meth lab, marijuana plants


---- — TRAVERSE CITY — An alert neighbor and a motel tenant tipped police to separate suspected drug operations in the city.

Investigations led to the arrests of two people and warrants issued for two others.

City police arrested a man, 30, and woman, 27, at a home in the 400 block of West Tenth Street Saturday after a neighbor reported them carrying suspected marijuana plants to a vehicle about 10:30 p.m.

Police found 20 plants and processed marijuana in the car.

The suspects are not licensed to grow marijuana through the Michigan Department of Community Health, police said.

The male suspect is lodged for delivery and manufacture of marijuana, and the woman is held on a charge of possession of marijuana and a conditional bond violation.

A separate investigation yielded the second suspected meth lab at Shadowland Motel since early December. In the previous investigation, police located drug paraphernalia in a room.

City police officers on Monday about 11:30 p.m. discovered a small, active lab in a first-floor room of Shadowland Motel on Munson Avenue after a tenant reported a strong chemical odor. Police and Traverse City firefighters observed the lab through a bathroom window.

Two suspects — a woman, 25, and man, 29, of the Jackson area — apparently fled through the bathroom window. Police have sought warrants for their arrest.

A Michigan State Police methamphetamine team assisted in the six-hour clean up. The Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Department also assisted.

Traverse City Police Capt. Brian Heffner said the couple stayed at the motel for a couple months.