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Ionia meth lab bust: "one-pot" method used

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  • Meth lab busted in Ionia neighborhood
  • Meth lab busted in Ionia neighborhood
  • Meth lab busted in Ionia neighborhood

IONIA, Mich. (WZZM) --  The Ionia County Sheriff's Office says four adults and a 16-year-old were involved in a meth lab operation in an Ionia neighborhood.

The Central Michigan Enforcement Team caught word of this Wednesday, and a neighbor says they moved in and swarmed the house, located at 436 E. Main Street, Thursday night.

A woman next door has lived in the neighborhood for 35 years. She says she had a feeling something was going on since last fall.

Plastic jugs, gloves, and a Michigan State Police investigation kit filled a garbage can outside the house Friday afternoon. They're all signs of a meth bust, and the writing was posted on a sign on the door.

"When they first moved in, there was nothing on the windows," said the neighbor. "Then they started covering the windows so you couldn't see in."

The house was previously condemned by the Ionia County Health Department for not having any running water.

But the neighbor says she has noticed a lot of people coming and going since last fall. They often parked in her "No Parking" zone driveway.

"There was no power, no water," she said.

Then when the lights did come?

"It would be on all night, every day," she said. "Other than the pounding at night. They pretty much stayed to themselves."

Police found several meth labs inside the house, which were consistent with the "one-pot method," according to a press release.

Police arrested four people: Adam Sears, 22, of Ionia; Chelsea Bauer, 22 of Carson City; Cory Beebe, 22, of Lyons; and Matthew Smith, 23, of Texas.

Police also found a 16-year-old boy in the house.

WZZM 13 spoke with a teenage girl who lives in the neighborhood. She says she knows the boy from school, where he's quiet and seems innocent. She believes he was pressured into taking part.

Tim Martin lives across the street from the house. He says he had no idea about the meth labs, but he's not surprised.

He won't let his young son walk to school in this neighborhood.

"Because I've known of the drug and meth thing taking off more and more," he said. "I don't like him to walk through the neighborhood because these days you can't tell what's going on two houses down, one house down."

"We pride ourselves in having a nice, decent neighborhood and for them to put everybody's lives at risk, it's very upsetting," said the next-door neighbor.

This case is still under investigation.

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