10 arrested, child removed after meth labs found

KALAMAZOO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Police arrested 10 people and the state removed a child from its mother after a drug raid at a Kalamazoo Township property Wednesday.

The Kalamazoo Township Police Department says it got a search warrant for a large property in the 3100 block of North Pitcher Street after receiving information that methamphetamine was being made there. Around 4 p.m. Wednesday, officers served that warrant.

Eighteen officers from KTPD and the Southwest Commercial Auto Recovery (SCAR) were involved in the initial raid because of the size of the property and the number of outbuildings, the police department said.

The officers found five adults inside the house, four adults and a baby in a vehicle in the driveway, and five more adults in the yard.

Two of the people in the yard took off into a wooded area, but were soon tracked by Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety K-9s to a factory several hundreds yards north of the house.

Officers said they found three active, one-pot meth labs and other meth-related components in the house. While officers made those labs safe, the Kalamazoo Township Fire Department was called to the scene and Pride Care Ambulance was put on standby.

Officers also found a 12-gauge shotgun at the scene, and SCAR seized two trailers that did not have VIN numbers for further investigation.

Of the 14 adults found at the scene, 10 were arrested and taken to the Kalamazoo County Jail:

  • Three men and four women were arrested on 13 outstanding warrants including meth possession, fraud, and bench warrants for failure to appear for court proceedings;
  • A woman was arrested for violating the terms of their felony probation;
  • A woman was arrested on child abuse charges for exposing her infant to the conditions at the meth house.
  • A man was arrested for methamphetamine and marijuana possession.
  • A man was arrested for resisting and obstructing officers and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Children’s Protective Services placed that baby in the care of a family member.

Kalamazoo Township police say they will seek more charges for the manufacturing of meth and for resisting and obstructing officer.

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