Suspicion of drug manufacturing remains after recent arrest

Many of our readers may be aware of the ongoing, and growing, problem of methamphetamine manufacturing, distribution and trafficking in America. The drug is a powerful and dangerous compound of chemicals and its use has spread across the country in recent years.One of the biggest reasons for meth's rapid spread is that it can be manufactured by individuals, sometimes even in their own homes. Known as "tabletop labs," these small manufacturing operations can produce an especially deadly version of the drug, and the chemical setups themselves can be dangerous to operate.Recently, Ypsilanti Township authorities began investigating a local man under suspicion he has been manufacturing methamphetamine in his mobile home.The man, a 36-year-old Ypsilanti Township resident, was arrested on May 30 for outstanding drunk driving warrants. However, authorities initially visited his residence due to complaints from neighbors who suspected methamphetamine smoke was coming from the man's mobile home.When police arrived, the man refused to allow authorities into his home. At that time, the police noticed a security camera outside the residence, which they allege are commonly used by suspected drug manufacturers.When the man mentioned to police that he did not have any electricity, they contacted ordinance authorities to search the residence for violations since a residence must have electricity in order for someone to occupy it. The subsequent search apparently turned up various items sometimes associated with the manufacture and distribution of meth, such as Mason jars and a white powder residue.The man has not been charged with any drug crimes. However, police have indicated that the investigation is still underway. If authorities do find enough evidence for a felony drug charge, this Ypsilanti Township resident will likely need an effective criminal defense strategy because he could face hefty penalties if convicted.Source: AnnArbor.com, "Police: Man cooked suspected meth in pop bottles," John Counts, June 5, 2012
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