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Large-scale methamphetamine operation busted, 6 arrested

Posted at 6:09 PM, Oct 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-28 18:09:50-04
Large-scale methamphetamine manufacturing operation found at home along Compton Court in Grand Traverse County.  (Photo:  Traverse Narcotics Team)

Large-scale methamphetamine manufacturing operation found at home along Compton Court in Grand Traverse County. (Photo: Traverse Narcotics Team)

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich – Narcotics investigators in Grand Traverse County say they’ve arrested 6 suspects after finding what’s being described as one of the largest methamphetamine manufacturing sites they’ve ever seen in the area.

State, county and local authorities were involved in the operation centered around a home off of Compton Court in Grawn.  Investigators say tips and other information obtained from multiple sources during a month-long investigation led to a search of the premises on Tuesday.

Large amounts of dangerous chemicals and methamphetamine manufacturing components were seized with the assistance of several narcotics teams throughout the area.  The evidence was found stockpiled both inside the home and at a nearby outbuilding where one of the 6 suspects had been staying.

The following suspects were taken into custody:

  • 24-year-old male from Traverse City
  • 31-year-old male from the Traverse City area
  • 33-year-old male from the Traverse City area
  • 36-year-old male from the Traverse City area
  • 42-year-old male from the Traverse City area
  • 40-year-old male from Canada

A 38-year-old female and 39-year-old female were also located in the home.  All were evacuated during the course of the investigation.

The agency heading this investigation, the Traverse Narcotics Team (TNT), is a multi-jurisdictional task force covering 8 counties and consisting of detectives from the Wexford, Osceola, Missaukee, Leelanau, Grand Traverse, Antrim, and Kalkaska County Sheriff’s Offices, along with the Traverse City Police Department and Michigan State Police.

Anyone with information pertaining to illegal drug activity is encouraged to call their drug tip line at 1-800-338-0868.