Police bust meth lab in Zeeland

The words meth bust and Zeeland rarely go into the same sentence. However, what police say they found last week at an apartment house on North Elm Street is sparking a new conversation.
Feb 5, 2014

"The components for methamphetamine were located," said Detective Lt. Andrew Fias of the West Michigan Enforcement Team, a multi-jurisdictional drug task force. "It's very unusual. The last meth lab in the City of Zeeland was in 2009, and that's the first one I think they had in Zeeland."

The bust has Zeeland's mayor calling for vigilance against drugs.

"I think the bad guys know the Zeeland police force is very vigilant," Mayor Kevin Klynstra said. "It opens our eyes a little bit that we aren't immune to things like this."

The suspect, who police say lives in the apartment, could face a felony methamphetamine charge, carrying up to 20 years in prison.

The suspect, a man in his 30s, hasn't been arrested yet because of pending lab results. Police said the materials taken from the apartment will be sent to the state police crime lab in Grand Rapids, which could take up to two weeks to get results.

Police have not named the suspect yet or say who else lives at the apartment because of the ongoing investigation, but they do say the incident is connected to a growing trend among meth users, called the one-pot method.

"(That's) when they take all the ingredients and throw it into a 2-liter pop bottle," Fias explained. "Those 2-liter bottles will regularly fail, spilling ... flammable solvent all over the ground."



Former Grandhavenite

In completely unrelated news, a chain of fast food chicken restaurants named "Los Pollos Hermanos" has recently opened a branch in Zeeland, and a load of methlamine mysteriously went missing from a train as it passed through the area.

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