MARLETTE TWP. — Police said they discovered a mobile methamphetamine lab inside a vehicle in rural Sanilac County’s Marlette Township on Tuesday after pulling over a 36-year-old Sandusky man whom officers knew was driving without a driver’s license.
Officers stated they arrested the driver for possessing suspected methamphetamine and methamphetamine-production components, and for not having a valid driver’s license, according to a press release from the Sanilac County Drug Task Force.
Drug Task Force members stated they knew the driver from a prior arrest and investigation connected to methamphetamine-related charges.
Officers reported pulling over the vehicle about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Decker and Frenchline roads in Marlette Township about three miles northeast of the city of Marlette. (see map below)
Investigators reported observing and seizing items in the vehicle related to the lab suspected of illegally producing amphetamine, according to the press release from James Johnson, Sanilac County Drug Task Force director.
Methamphetamine is a powerful, highly addictive stimulant also known as chalk, ice and crystal, and takes the form of a white, odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder that easily dissolves in water or alcohol, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Police state that the driver, the lone occupant of the vehicle, made statements indicating the vehicle was used to make methamphetamine while he drove down the road.
Police didn’t identify the motorist or state if he has been arraigned on criminal charges connected to Tuesday’s traffic stop.
Officers state the investigation continues as another person may have been involved in related criminal activity.
Drug Task Force members state they contained “the dangerous methamphetamine and the byproducts/components” in the vehicle. Drug Task Force members note they’re trained and certified to handle components of a meth lab while wearing the appropriate personal protection equipment.
Officers also accuse the driver of violating bond conditions connected with previous drug-related charges made against him.
Johnson notes Drug Task Force members have “concerns of these dangerous labs being mobile or even on properties,” causing officers to provide awareness and training to first responders who are police officers, firefighters, medical personnel or residents of Sanilac County.
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