Police stop vehicle near school for burned out headlight, find mobile meth lab inside

Posted at 8:23 AM, Feb 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-03 08:23:38-05

WATERVLIET, Mich. — A man from Portage is facing multiple drug-related offenses, including manufacturing methamphetamine within a school zone, after police say they caught him with a mobile meth lab during a traffic stop.

It happened earlier this week in the area of E. St. Joseph Avenue near Lewis Street in Watervliet.  Sheriff’s deputies pulled a vehicle over for a burned-out headlight.  When police made contact with the driver, identified as Roy Lee Pace of Portage, he admitted to having a ‘one-pot’ mobile meth lab in his vehicle, as well as a quantity of methamphetamine and marijuana.

The traffic stop was across the street from Watervliet High School.  Pace, 49, told police he was in the area for his job/employment.

Police arrested him on a total of seven drug-related charges that range from Manufacturing Methamphetamine, to Drug-free School Zone offenses because of the proximity to the high school.