Kalamazoo parole investigators bust meth lab, arrest man again

Posted at 9:42 AM, Mar 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-27 09:42:02-04

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Investigators from the Kalamazoo Valley Enforcement Team have teamed up with parole agents from the Michigan Department of Corrections for a large methamphetamine discovery and arrest.

Late Thursday, officers from the two groups were conducting late night compliance checks on Kalamazoo County parolees. The checks are conducted periodically to ensure that people on parole are obeying their restrictions and are living in safe and supportive environments.

While conducting a compliance check in the 3700 block of Vanrick Drive in Kalamazoo, the investigators and agents made contact with a 37-year-old man on parole who was accompanied by a 26-year-old woman. While speaking with the pair, the officers discovered an active meth lab and finished methamphetamine in their vehicle.

The 37-year-old man was arrested for parole violations and is being held in the Kalamazoo County Jail. The 26-year-old woman was released from the scene pending charges being filed.

The following charges will be sought against both the man and the woman — operating / maintaining a methamphetamine lab and possession of methamphetamine.

Certified meth responders from the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety responded to the scene and cleaned up the meth lab.

This marked the second time in the last seven months that the same man has been arrested for methamphetamine related charges during a late night compliance check conducted by KVET and MDOC.

Anybody with any information regarding illegal drugs or firearms activity is being asked to contact KVET at (269) 337-8880 or to report an anonymous tip to Silent Observer by calling (269) 343-2100 or at on the Web.