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Bond set for Mathias at $500k

6-27-14 Mug MATHIASJoseph Mathias, 46, of Harrison was arraigned July 1 on charges of controlled substance-operating/maintaining a laboratory involving meth and habitual offender fourth offense notice.

Bond was set at $500,000 in 80th District Court by Magistrate Karen Willing. Mathias is lodged in the Clare County Jail, according to a sheriff’s department news release.

On the afternoon of June 23, a parole agent of Michigan Department of Correction and a sergeant from the county sheriff’s department contacted Mathias at his Dodge City residence.

A suspicious bottled was discovered in the garage that alerted authorities. When deputies visited the residence later, they found an active meth lab inside the detached garage, according to the release.

The lab was contained and Mathias was arrested on a parole violation charge. The Prosecutor’s Office expanded the charges related to the meth lab.

Harrison Community Fire Department and Bay Area Narcotics Enforcement Team assisted at the scene.

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