Meth Lab Closes Downtown Lansing Business

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"Materials such as tubing and bottles..." just some of the meth-cooking materials found in the kitchen area of a break room in the Insurance Institute of Michigan offices, late Wednesday night.

"I don't know if we can determine yet if they'd done it more than one time," continued Michigan State Police Lt. Tim Gill.

He hopes to get those details from the suspects now in custody at the city jail. Lt. Gill says the 32-year-old man and 31-year-old woman, police found with the meth-making materials, are janitors who were working their weekly, after-hours shift at the Insurance Institute of Michigan. It's a business leasing a portion of the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association building.

"We don't have any information right now that would indicate that any one other than those two people that were arrested were involved," continued Gill.

It was a portable operation, something police call one-pot meth making, where as long as you have all the proper materials, the drug can be made almost anywhere in 20-30 minutes.

"The odors are reduced, the time it takes to manufacture is reduced, so we're starting to see it more and more often in cities like Lansing."

Having meth-making components could lead to felony charges, which would put each of them in prison for up to 20 years each.

Executive Director of the Insurance Institute of Michigan Peter Kuhnmuench and his employees now have to work from home indefinitely: "Until we have an analysis of the situation, I really can't tell you anything more as far as what our time line would be for returning to the office."

He is waiting for the health department to make sure there are no left-over fumes or material which could harm anyone.

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