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November 3, 2013

Woman charged in meth probe

TRAVERSE CITY — A Jackson woman faces criminal charges stemming from a probe of a methamphetamine lab at Shadowland Motel on Munson Avenue.

Nicole Elizabeth Geahan, 26, is one of three suspects in a Traverse Narcotics Team investigation into a meth lab discovered at the motel in April.

She’s charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, conspiracy to manufacture the drug, and operating a laboratory. She faces up to 20 years in jail.

Police arrived at the Shadowland Motel on April 9 after receiving a call about a chemical smell from room 152, according to police reports.

They found the room abandoned, but filled with a variety of paraphernalia and items used to make the stimulant drug, according to the report. Police reported finding Geahan’s drivers license in the room.

Police also reported finding Geahan’s car outside the room. Those discoveries prompted police to search her name in a database, which they said revealed she’d made five purchases of a medication commonly used in meth production in the month leading up to the investigation.

Two other people, Kent Brendon Miller and Jacklyn Louise Vaughn, both 29, were charged in May. Vaughn pleaded guilty to possession of meth, Grand Traverse County Prosecutor Bob Cooney said. Miller’s case is pending.

This was the second time in a year that police discovered a meth lab at the Shadowland Motel.

“It’s concerning because when meth labs take a foothold in an area they tend to spread rapidly. That’s because you’ve got the people who are creating meth teaching other people how to create meth,” Cooney said.

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