FLINT TWP. — Officers from the Flint Area Narcotics Group (FANG) arrested a Kentucky man June 5 at the Home Town Inn, 3277 Miller Road, for possession of components to set up a meth lab.
Meth, short for Methamphetamine, is a dangerous and illegal street drug in the same class as cocaine. Highly addictive, it is a stimulant associated with serious health deterioration such as memory loss, aggression, psychotic behavior and possible heart and brain damage, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Following a tip, FANG officers went to the motel at about 11:30 a.m. where they gained entry to a room occupied by a and woman who were living there, said Det. 1st Lt. Pat Richard, of FANG.
They did not find an active lab operating but did find components used to set one up, he said.
The Kentucky man was arrested for possession of the meth lab components and the woman, also from Kentucky, was released pending further investigation.
FANG called in the Michigan State Police Meth Response team to assist with the clean up. A hazardous material team came also came in to take away the confiscated materials. Meth labs use a dangerous mix of chemicals that can explode, Richard said.
On May 29, FANG officers also found an active meth lab operating out of a room at the Great Western Inn, a motel at 4380 W Pierson Rd, in Mt. Morris Township.
The two meth operations were not related but FANG officers are seeing an uptick in meth-making activity and operations in Genesee County, Richard said.