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Hunters warned to watch for meth waste dump sites

Posted at 4:28 PM, Sep 22, 2015

CASS COUNTY, Mich. — Hunters in southwestern Michigan are being warned to watch out for waste related to methamphetamine production.

As the hunting season once again ramps up for the season, the Cass County Sheriff's Office is issuing the warning to be aware of potential meth lab waste, which has become prevalent in the more rural areas where hunters will soon frequent.

“We have an abundance of meth sites that pop up throughout the year," said Lt. Tom Jacobs, with the sheriff's office. “We have a lot of DNR hunting land open to the public in Cass County… that contain products that are used to make the meth."

While unfortunate, Jacobs said the reality is that meth-making has become a prevalent issue in places like Cass County where, since May, there have been at least 10 arrests related to meth-making, according to several published reports.

In June, four were arrested in a single bust in Edwardsburg for producing meth.

The components typically found in meth lab dump sites are drain cleaner, cut battery casings, Coleman fuel cans, coffee filters, instant cold packs, fertilizer stakes, pop bottles with plastic tubing protruding from the lid, aluminum foil, funnels and pop bottles with an off colored sludge in the bottom, Jacobs said.

Jacobs said those who find a meth lab dump site should not touch it, but instead contact the Cass County Sheriff's office at 269-445-2481.