Police: Meth lab dismantled in Westland, man arrested
An alleged methamphetamine manufacturer is being held on an outstanding warrant after Westland police say they raided his laboratory Sunday.
Westland Police Chief Jeff Jedrusik said in a press release that investigators at about 3:15 p.m. Sunday received a tip about “suspicious activity” in the 34000 block of Decatur Court near Palmer and Wayne Road.
“Upon investigation, officers observed what appeared to be a laboratory used to manufacture methamphetamine,” Jedrusik said.
“Upon further speaking with witnesses, a person of interest in this investigation was arrested on an outstanding warrant that he had with a nearby community,” Jedrusik said. He added the suspect’s name is not being released because the investigation is ongoing.
The Michigan State Police Methamphetamine Response Team was called in to dismantle the laboratory and ensure there was no danger to the community.
State police last year shut down a meth lab on Manila Street, about a mile west of Decatur Court. They were searching for a fugitive who had absconded his parole when they entered the home and found the lab. Six people were arrested.
“The production of methamphetamine poses significant hazards such as toxic waste, explosions, and exposure to chemicals that can result in serious harm or death,” said the state police Methamphetamine Response Team in a 2016 report.
According to the report, in 2015, the most recent year for which data are available “there were 1,180 methamphetamine related incidents requiring hazardous material cleanup by law enforcement. This is an increase of 25 percent compared to 887 incidents in 2014.”