Police investigate suspected meth lab 7.8.09

Written by David Green.

Charges haven’t yet been filed against three people involved in the alleged production of methamphetamine on Gorham Street in Morenci.

Officers from the OMNI-III narcotics investigation team were assisted by Morenci and Adrian police July 1 in a raid of a rental house at 139 Gorham St. Charles Cassidy, the renter, and two others are suspects.

Det. Sgt. Sinclair of OMNI-III said suspicion arose recently when an Adrian police officer visited the house when attempting to contact a person on another criminal charge.

He was invited into the house and noticed several components used in meth production.

The phrase “meth lab” can give a false idea of what’s involved, Sinclair said. Rather than a laboratory setting, production is improvised out of common materials such as pop bottles, drain cleaner and cold medicine.

The incident is still under investigation since the residents weren’t involved in production at the time.

“You seldom find them in operation unless you walk in right while they’re doing it,” Sinclair said.

The materials can quickly be hidden from sight.

Officers spent all day at the house last Wednesday to ventilate the structure and remove materials. After the items were aired out and categorized, a clean-up crew under contract with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration removed materials from the site.

Sinclair said OMNI III will present its findings to the prosecutor who will decide on charges against the three suspects.

  • Shadow.salon
    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
  • KayseInField
    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
  • Front.winner
    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
  • Front.bank.2
    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
  • Front.carry.casket
    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
  • Front.lift
    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
  • Front.make.three
    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2016