2017-08-09 / Front Page

Suspected meth found in Imlay Twp. home

BY PHIL FOLEY
810-452-2616 •

IMLAY TWP. — A former Alabama resident has been sitting in the Lapeer County Jail on probation violation charges since Aug. 1 and is looking at the possibility of additional meth charges.

Rogers said his agents accompanied probation agents to the home of Scott Ferrier, 45, on the 600 block of Corneil Road Aug. 1 after he failed to complete a court-ordered rehab program.

Rogers said Ferrier has a history of meth-related convictions in Alabama and “we had an anonymous tip” that the probationer was making meth.

Lt. Doug Rogers, commander of the Thumb Narcotics Unit (TNU), said it’s only the second meth raid his agency has made in the county this year. In April TNU officers arrested a 36-year-old woman after officers found what Rogers described as a “shake and bake” lab in her Maple Street home in Almont.

He said agents found the remnants of meth production at the house Corneil Road house, including a gas generator and stripped batteries. They also found some suspected methamphetamine, which has been sent to the state crime lab for testing.

Rogers said his agents are called in for this sort of check because, “we have the special suits” to safely deal with the hazardous materials used in meth production. Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept. deputies and Michigan State Police troopers also assisted in the raid.

While meth remains a major problem in Port Huron and Genesee County, meth arrests in Lapeer County, Rogers said, have been “sporadic.” He said, “We had a meth case on Saratoga in Mayfield Township a couple of years ago.

He said the only thing the arrests had in common was they were all small scale operations. He noted Ferrier “wasn’t getting rich on this.”

Rogers said the lab, which wasn’t in operation when his agents arrived seem to be for personal use. Still, he said, agents removed eight buckets of hazardous waste from the home.

Rogers may seek additional charges once the lab results come back.

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