Four arrested for Farwell meth lab

December 13, 2013

By Pat Maurer

Investigating a tip of a possible home invasion in Farwell Monday, detectives from the Clare County Sheriff’s Department discovered not only a home invasion, but a Methamphetamine operation in a vacant unit at Corning Apartments.

Three suspects were discovered in the apartment in Farwell and when officers discovered the meth lab, members of the Bay Area Narcotics Team Meth Lab Response Team were called to the scene.

It was reported that a suspect had broken into an adjacent apartment of the complex and set up a meth lab there.

As a result of the tip and investigation four suspects were arrested and taken to the Clare County Jail: a 48 year-old Farwell man; a 22 year-old Farwell man; a 25 year-old Farwell woman; and an 18 year-old Farwell woman. All four were jailed on home invasion and drug charges.

Although the four suspects were scheduled for an arraignment on Tuesday, Clare County Prosecutor Michelle Ambrozaitis said in an email Tuesday afternoon, “Today while I found that the officers had probable cause to make the arrests, I declined to file formal charges at this time. My office was not provided with all of the necessary information from all of the law enforcement agencies involved to support formal charges.”

She continued, “I anticipate that once I receive that necessary information I will be able to proceed with formal charges against these individuals.”

Although Ambrozaitis said the suspects would be released pending her receiving the information, Sheriff John Wilson said one of the suspects is continuing to be held on a probation violation. The others will be held in the jail for 72 hours on probable cause. “We are waiting on paperwork from BAYANET,” he said.

Wilson also said he wanted to thank the citizen who called the tip in. The home with the lab was within a few blocks of the Surrey Township Library and Farwell Schools. “It is the concern of our great neighbors to keep each other safe,” Wilson said.

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