STANTON — Two “broke” individuals were arraigned Tuesday afternoon for their alleged roles in a methamphetamine laboratory and standoff with multiple police agencies Sunday.
John Vogl II, 42, of Greenville, and Cassaundra Kidder, 22, of Wayland, are each charged with operating or maintaining a lab involving meth, a felony with a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or a $25,000 fine.
Vogl appeared in 64B District Court in Stanton via a video arraignment from the Montcalm County Jail next door. He was wearing glasses and a Mountain Dew T-shirt.
When the judge asked if he was planning on hiring an attorney, Vogl replied, “No. I’m broke.”
The judge also informed Vogl he was in contempt of court for a civil infraction involving a traffic ticket with an overdue $223.20 fine.
“I’m broke!” Vogl exclaimed, throwing his arms into the air for emphasis. “I ain’t got no money!”
Kidder also appeared in court via video arraignment. She was wearing glasses and her long hair hung down over both shoulders. Kidder was asked if she was planning on hiring an attorney.
“No ma’am,” she replied. “I don’t have money for one.”
Kidder and Vogl will receive a court-appointed attorney. They remain lodged in the Montcalm County Jail on a $10,000 bond each. A pre-trial and preliminary examination have been scheduled for both of them on Feb. 3 and 4.
A 17-year-old Greenville male also was arrested in the meth lab standoff, but he bonded out of jail and is scheduled to be arraigned later this week. The Daily News does not typically print the names of suspects until after an arraignment takes place.
The Michigan State Police Lakeview Post and Greenville Department of Public Safety responded to a report of a possible fire and meth lab at 8869 Eastern Ave. in Greenville on Sunday morning.
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 and that a meth lab was possibly operating there.
Police attempted to arrest the homeowner on an outstanding warrant and investigate the reports of illegal activity taking place at the residence. When troopers attempted to make contact at the residence, the occupants inside 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 standoff that lasted several hours, the occupants of the residence exited the home and were arrested.
The Michigan State Police Central Michigan Enforcement Team (CMET) then responded and a meth lab was removed from the residence.