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Tip for Meth Lab Leads Investigators to Drugs, Weapons

Posted at 11:18 PM, Jan 19, 2013

Investigators with the Kalamazoo Valley Enforcement Team say they’ve busted a large methamphetamine operation in Cooper Township.

Drug enforcement officers searched a home in the 7000 block of Douglas Avenue around 4:30 p.m. Friday after being tipped off to a possible methamphetamine operation there following a bust in the 1000 block of Lay Blvd. on Wednesday where $2,500 dollars worth of meth was seized.

Two of the suspects in the Lay Blvd. case had ties to the home on Douglas Avenue.  When officers arrived on scene, a strong odor of ammonia was coming from a vehicle parked in the driveway.

The owner gave consent for a search, leading to a large anhydrous ammonia meth lab in the trunk.

That led to a search of the home, where investigators found an assault rifle, multiple other rifles, shotguns and handguns. One of the handguns had the serial number filed-off.

There was also a large amount of cash in the residence, believed to be from previous meth buys.

A large amount of meth, also found in the home, including two active one-pot labs in an attached garage.

The two suspects involved are brothers, 42 and 49 years old.  They’re names haven’t been released pending formal charges, which will include Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine, Operating and Maintaining a Meth Lab, and Felony Firearms.