February 11, 2016

Cadillac man pulled over with suspected mobile meth lab

Found driving north on southbound I-75

By James Kuch
Staff Writer | news@arenacindependent.com


ARENAC COUNTY — Police confiscated a suspected mobile methamphetamine lab on Saturday, Jan. 22.

A 42-year-old Cadillac man was arrested Saturday, while allegedly driving north on southbound I-75 with a mobile methamphetamine lab in the trunk of his 1998 Buick according to Undersheriff Donald McIntyre of the Arenac County Sheriff’s Department.

Chad Heyd was arraigned and released on a $200,000 bond and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 1.

McIntyre said Heyd was pulled over and held by an officer from the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police Department until a deputy from the Arenac County Sheriff’s Department arrived on the scene.

“We received an original call about a vehicle driving the wrong way in I-75,” McIntyre said. “It is undetermined at this point if (Heyd) was under the influence of drugs.”

McIntyre said thanks to the help of STING Narcotics of West Branch the alleged methamphetamine lab was able to be cleaned up.

“We are grateful to have STING on call,” he said.

McIntyre said that a mobile methamphetamine lab is dangerous, not only for the person driving the lab, but for officers as well.

“Anytime you run across (methamphetamine) or the materials used to cook (methamphetamine), it is a dangerous situation,” he said. “These materials have killed officers in the past, and that is why we are lucky to have STING.”

McIntyre said STING has a Hazmat crew capable of disassembling methamphetamine labs from start to finish.

“They are able to clean up the Hazmat materials. That also saves the county the monetary cost of having someone else clean it up,” he said. “They have the ability to process and dispose of the material.”

McIntyre said that this was the first methamphetamine lab that he has seen in Arenac County.

“The popularity of (methamphetamine) is something that has not taken over in the northern states (of the country), but we are seeing more of it,” he said.

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