Possible Meth Lab Uncovered In Metropolitan Lansing

By: Lauren Zakalik Email
By: Lauren Zakalik Email

Wednesday morning, the Lansing Fire Department responded to a call reporting smoke coming from a store at a South Cedar Street strip mall.

"We found no fire," says battalion chief Carl Yarsevich. "What we found was a strong odor of ammonia."

That overwhelming smell was coming from the vacant Alladin's Carpet store, and what firefighters found required back up from the State Police.

"Everything we found in the structure was consistent with an anhydrous ammonia meth lab," says Det. Lt. Tony Saucedo of the MSP Meth Team.

The meth team was called in to very carefully handle and break down the suspected meth lab. Police wore head-to-toe protection as they removed the hazardous material from the scene.

Ken Yoder works a couple of doors down. He says he never suspected anything.

"I'm surprised," he says. "I don't know if I live in a bubble, but-- who does that, you know?"

In recent years, the MSP report 60 to 70 percent of the meth consumed in Michigan was made in Michigan. That number has gone down in the past year or two, but meth labs like the one seized in Lansing prove it's still an issue in mid-Michigan.

New laws restricting the sale of pseudophedrine, a common meth ingredient found in cold medication, have slowed down meth production and meth labs in Michigan. But Yoder wonders if more needs to be done.

"We need to keep an eye on the neighborhood," he says. "We all need to be more vigilant."

Police don't have any suspects in custody, but they'll keep an eye on the building that shows meth isn't just a rural problem.


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