Benjamin Bristol, 30, of Harrison, is facing multiple drug charges following a routine traffic stop in the city Tuesday.
Bristol was stopped after he pulled into the Marathon gas station on the corner of First and Main, where a Clare County Sheriff’s Department car was parked.
Sheriff John Wilson said the officer observed that Bristol’s vehicle had no tail lights, then after recognizing the man and running a LEIN, discovered he did not have a driver’s license. The officer discovered material used to make meth amphetamine in Bristol’s vehicle and even found a bottle with meth processing in the vehicle.
Bristol was arrested and charged with four drug related counts and a second or subsequent offense notice.
*Count 1: Controlled substance – Operating/maintaining a laboratory involving methamphetamine, a felony with penalty of up to 20 years and/or $25,000 fine.
*Count 2: Controlled substance – Operating/maintaining a laboratory near specified places, a felony charge with a penalty of up to 20 years and/or $100,000 fine.
*Count 3: Controlled substance – Possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor with a penalty of up to one year and/or a $2,000 fine; and
*Count 4: Operating [a vehicle with] licensed suspended, revoked or denied and misdemeanor with a penalty of 93 days and/or $500 fine and vehicle immobilization.
BAYANET [the Bay Area Narcotics Enforcement Team] was called to assist in the arrest and in the safe disposal of the mobile meth lab.
Bristol was arraigned in 80th District Court Tuesday, February 28. His bail was set at $100,000/10 percent. A Preliminary Exam was set for March 12.
He remains lodged in the Clare County Jail.