GREENVILLE— Greenville Department of Public Safety Director Michael Pousak said the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office received information about “a stash” of paraphernalia use to make meth hidden in the area of the museum and the Flat River.
“This morning (Monday), officers located a backpack near that location containing products used to produce methamphetamine,” said Pousak on Monday afternoon. “Those items were turned over to the sheriff’s office as part of their investigation.”
Montcalm County Undersheriff Mark Bellinger said his department had an investigation within Eureka Township, which included Greenville.
According to Bellinger, the sheriff’s office was alerted to the fact that meth lab equipment had been left on the Fred Meijer Flat River Trail behind the Flat River Historic Museum. The paraphernalia included two reaction containers and other meth production components, as well as hazardous waste associated with meth production.
The Central Michigan Enforcement Team (CMET) was brought into the investigation and responded to the scene. CMET officers then contacted a hazardous materials team to dispose of the contaminated waste.
A follow-up investigation on the part of the sheriff’s office turned up a suspect in Eureka Township who was located and arrested on an outstanding warrant. The sheriff’s office obtained a five-felony count warrant for the suspect, which included the original charge of operating a meth lab leading to a vehicle fire which occurred in May.
The suspect admitted to disposing of the meth lab equipment on the Fred Meijer Flat River Trail behind the museum.
Several other suspects have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the meth production scheme. Police say further arrests are pending.