SWET Search Warrant leads to arrest of Berrien Springs man

Published 10:45 am Tuesday, August 16, 2022

BERRIEN COUNTY — Southwest Enforcement Team detectives, along with officers from Berrien Springs-Oronoko Township Police, executed a search warrant on Friday, Aug. 12, in the 9000 block of Kephart Lane within the village of Berrien Springs. Berrien Springs-Oronoko Twp Police spearheaded this investigation based on a citizen’s tip. 

During the search warrant, three male suspects were detained, including the homeowner who is the focus of this investigation. A subsequent search of the homeowner, who is a convicted felon, resulted in the discovery of a pistol on his person. Found inside the home was a quantity of crystal methamphetamine, scales, and other evidence of trafficking. Seven additional firearms were also seized from the home. The other two men were released from the scene. The homeowner, 41-year-old Edward Matthew Ward of Berrien Springs, was lodged at the Berrien County jail. He was arraigned on the following charges: 

  • Felon in possession of firearms 
  • Felon in possession of ammunition 
  • Possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony 
  • Possession of methamphetamine 2nd offense 
  • Maintaining a drug house 2nd offense