Are meth labs becoming more common in mid-Michigan?

Posted at 8:59 AM, Oct 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-04 08:59:41-04

Carolyn Disbrow lives in Leslie, a town she describes as quiet, but she says it felt like a cop show on Sunday afternoon as a mobile meth lab was busted outside of her house by Michigan State Police.

"I've never seen anything like it," she says.

But D/Lt. Brian Bahlau of the Tri-County Metro Narcotics Squad says busts like these aren't all that uncommon right now.

"I think it's just as bad as every," Bahlau claims.

What MSP is noticing is that meth labs are moving.

"I think over the last year it's become more prevalent in different locations," Bahlau explains, "whereas some years back it was more prevalent in outlying county areas, maybe rural areas, not so much the city, but what we are seeing now is a lot of that coming into this city."

This comes off a massive meth lab bust in south Lansing about a week ago that detectives described as the biggest they've seen in the area.

Bahlau points out: "just the fact that they're cooking that much just shows how prevalent meth is."

The lab had around 80 one-pots of meth, which Bahlau says is concerning for MSP:

"It is troubling, because the amount of psuedoephedrine necessary to do that many one pots would be significant. So it's troubling in the sense that they're able to get that much and cook that much."

But Bahlau says investigations and busts like these two will hopefully put an end to meth in the area.