GREENVILLE — Three individuals were arrested Sunday after a police standoff that lasted several hours and resulted in the discovery of a methamphetamine laboratory.
The Central Michigan Enforcement Team (CMET) and the Michigan State Police (MSP) Lakeview Post investigated a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory at 8869 Eastern Ave.
According to information released by Lt. Andy Stoner of the Michigan Intelligence Operations Center, CMET detectives developed information about methamphetamine production taking place at the home.
MSP Lakeview troopers responded to the scene in an attempt to arrest the homeowner on an outstanding warrant and investigate the reports of illegal activity taking place at the residence.
When troopers from the Lakeview Post attempted to make contact with the residence, the occupants refused to answer the door.
The residence was secured and a search warrant was obtained. The Michigan State Police Emergency Response Team also responded to the scene.
After a brief standoff, the occupants of the residence exited the home and were arrested.
CMET then responded and a methamphetamine laboratory was removed from the residence.
A 43-year-old male, 17-year-old male and 23-year-old female were arrested and lodged at the Montcalm County Jail in Stanton on methamphetamine-related charges.
CMET was assisted at the scene by Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, Greenville Department of Public Safety, and the Michigan State Police Emergency Response Team.
According to Sgt. Brian Blomstrom of the Greenville Department of Public Safety, officers and firefighters were called to the scene after a 911 call reported that smoke was spotted coming from the garage of the home.
“Our department was called up here to reference of a possibility of smoke in the garage,” Blomstrom said at the scene. “We had received reports that there was a possible meth lab operation occurring here.”
Blomstrom said the Greenville Department of Public Safety, Montcalm Township and Maple Valley fire departments were placed on standby until it was confirmed there was no fire.
“The scene was then turned over to the Michigan State Police so they could handle it and investigate a possible methamphetamine laboratory,” he said.
Officers used the parking lot of the closed Rural Gas & Appliance business to set up a mobile command center, and also held operations from the Greenville Steel Inc. parking lot.
More than a dozen cruisers and officers, as well as several MSP mobile command vehicles and armored vehicles, were on site.
CMET is a multi-jurisdictional drug task force operating in Montcalm, Newaygo, Mecosta and Ionia counties.
CMET consists of detectives from the Michigan State Police, Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department, Ionia County Sheriff’s Department, Newaygo County Sheriff’s Department, Mecosta County Sheriff’s Department, Big Rapids Department of Public Safety and Ferris State University Department of Public Safety.
This investigation continues. Anyone with information can contact Silent Observer or CMET at 1-800-342-0406.