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Meth manufacturing components seized in Niles

Published 8:00am Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Authorities say components used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine were found at a residence at 2039 Lewis Drive in Niles Township Tuesday afternoon.

According to Lt. James Zehm, of the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department’s Narcotics Unit, a search warrant was executed at the address, a single story home located near the Oak Manor Sixth Grade Center, at around 3:30 p.m.

Zehm said components indicating the cooking of meth were found, but no finished product was found at the home.

An elderly male homeowner was at the residence when police arrived. Zehm said the owner was not taken into custody. Authorities would like to question another male subject who lives at the home, but was not present at the time of the search warrant, he said.

At around 5:15 p.m., officers were in the process of safely disposing of what they deemed to be hazardous material that was found in the residence

The narcotics unit was assisted by the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department Niles Township Patrol.

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