UPDATE – Meth Lab busted, 3 arrested, in Hayes Township

By Pat Maurer

Review correspondent

In a joint investigation, the Bay Area narcotics Enforcement Team [BAYANET], Clare County Sheriff’s Department and Michigan State Police raided a working methamphetamine lab in Harrison Tuesday.

Two men and one woman were arrested Tuesday and arraigned in 80th District Court Wednesday, all from Harrison: Eric Donia Herron, 32; Shane Allen Haag, 31 and Stephanie Marie Chartrand, 24.

When officers arrived with a warrant at the Herron residence on Bischoff Street in Hayes Township Tuesday, they found a working methamphetamine lab.

Wilson said when Herron saw the officers approaching his home, he reportedly threw three pots or bottles of meth into a closet, resulting in hazardous fumes which had to be vented from the house.

Clare County Sheriff John Wilson said the arrests were the result of a two month investigation which is on-going. He said the bust resulted in the confiscation of about 24 grams of meth, with a street value of from $100 to $200 per gram. “The meth was ‘cooked’ (ingredients including battery acid) in three two-liter bottles, resulting in eight grams of finished meth for each bottle.”

“Marijuana is bad enough,” Wilson said Wednesday, “but putting those chemicals into your body will actually kill you.”

He said a federally-funded Hazmat Team has to be brought in to clean up meth labs.

Herron was arraigned in 80th District Court Wednesday on eight counts:

*One count of Controlled Substance – Delivery/Manufacture of Meth/Ecstasy, a 20-year, $25,000 felony;

* two counts of Controlled Substance – Operating/Maintaining a laboratory with 500 feet of a residence, business, school or church, one a 20-year, $100,000 felony and the other a felony with a maximum 40-year imprisonment  and/or $200,000;

*two counts of Operating/Maintaining a laboratory involving hazardous waste, the first a felony charge with a maximum 20 year prison term and/or $100,000 fine and the second a felony with a maximum 40-year prison term and/or $200,000 fine;

*two felony counts of Conspiracy to Commit Controlled Substance Operating/Maintaining a laboratory involving methamphetamine, the first with a maximum prison term of 20-years and/or $25,000 fine and the second with a maximum term of 40-years and/or $50,000 fine; and

*One felony count of Possession of Methamphetamine/Ecstasy, punishable by up to 10-years in prison and/or a $15,000 fine.

Herron’s bond was set at $2 million cash/surety.

Chartrand was charged with four felony counts including:

*one count of Operating/Maintaining a Controlled Substance laboratory within 500 feet of a residence, business establishment, school or church, punishable by up to 20-years imprisonment and/or a $100,000 fine;

*One count of Conspiracy … Operating/maintaining a laboratory involving Hazardous waste, punishable by up to a 20-year prison term and/or $100,000 fine;

*One count of Conspiracy … Operating/Maintaining a laboratory involving methamphetamine, punishable by up to 20-year in prison and/or a $25,000 fine;

*One count of Possession of methamphetamine/Ecstasy, punishable by up to ten years in prison and/or a $15,000 fine;

*Four separate 2nd Offense Notices; each an up to 40-year felony and/or a $30,000, $50,000 and $200,000 fine; and

*Habitual Offender – second offense.

Chartrand’s bond was set at $1 million cash/surety.

Haag faces three felony counts including:

*One count of Conspiracy … Operating/maintaining a laboratory within 500 feet of a residence, business establishment, school or church, punishable by up to 20-years imprisonment and/or a $100,000 fine;

*One count of Conspiracy … Operating/maintaining a laboratory involving Hazardous waste, punishable by up to a 20-year prison term and/or $100,000 fine;

*One count of Conspiracy … Operating/Maintaining a laboratory involving methamphetamine, punishable by up to 20-year in prison and/or a $25,000 fine; and

*Habitual Offender – second offense notice.

Haag’s bond was set at $10,000 ten percent.

Sheriff Wilson said, “It is a terrible thing to find a methamphetamine lab anywhere, let alone in our County.  It is such a hazard for the officers that have to deal with it, and the people who live around it.  The officers involved did a great job and now one of our neighborhoods is a lot safer to live in because of the work done by the investigators.”

Assisting at the scene was the Harrison Fire Department and United Rescue Ambulance.

 

One Response to UPDATE – Meth Lab busted, 3 arrested, in Hayes Township

  1. evolvecannabislaws

    January 23, 2012 at 12:52 am

    “Marijuana is bad enough,” Wilson said Wednesday, “but putting those chemicals into your body will actually kill you.”

    Are you really comparing Cannabis to Meth? How many chemicals go into “manufacturing” Cannabis? The short answer is none because 1) it’s a natural plant that grows out of the ground and 2) you don’t “manufacture” cannabis, you grow it.

    Stop trying to over play the issue. No one is falling for it anymore. Glad to see the meth lab was busted and taken out, but keep the healing plant out of your discussion about meth.