STANTON — A man was convicted by a jury this week for operating a methamphetamine lab in his Pierson home.
Christopher Wilcox, 41, was convicted by a jury after a trial in 8th Judicial Circuit Court of operating/maintaing a meth lab in the presence of minors (a possible 20-year felony) and operating/maintaining a meth lab (a possible 10-year felony). He also is a habitual offender fourth offense, so he is now facing life in prison when he is sentenced at a later date.
Central Michigan Enforcement Team (CMET) officers visited Wilcox’s home after receiving an anonymous tip that Wilcox was making meth. Officers could smell a strong odor of some type of solvent coming from the basement at the home and they found a water bottle with a coffee filter inside, along with some liquid residue.
The contents of the water bottle tested positive for pseudoephedrine, the key ingredient in the production of meth.
Officers also found other components used to make meth, including muriatic acid, xylene solvent, ammonia nitrate cold pack plastic tubing and coffee filters.
Two minor children lived in the home, along with Wilcox’s wife.
The jury deliberated just over an hour before finding Wilcox guilty on both charges.
“Meth use and meth production are very dangerous, not only to the user but to anyone who lives in the same place the meth is made,” said Montcalm County Prosecutor Andrea Krause. “We will continue to aggressively prosecute those who choose to commit this illegal activity.”
Wilcox has previous convictions on his record, including breaking and entering in 1990, armed robbery in 1996 and possession of a financial transaction device in 1996.