Suspects identified in meth lab bust at Marlboro Apartments
A search warrant was obtained and executed by the OMNI III Narcotics Team on Tuesday, April 9, regarding a suspected methamphetamine lab operation at Marlboro Apartments in Tecumseh.
OMNI III investigators located finished methamphetamine and marijuana inside, along with methamphetamine lab components, including pseudo-ephedrine, chemical solvents, homemade lab equipment and evidence of prior methamphetamine production. OMNI III investigators also discovered three shotguns, with one of them found to be loaded.
Two residents of the apartment were arrested and arraigned in Lenawee County District Court on Thursday, April 11. They were Greg Keebler, 42, of 104 Marlboro Court, and Belinda A. Gonzales, 34, of Adrian. Both were lodged at the Lenawee County Jail on methamphetamine-related charges.
Methamphetamine is made from pseudo-ephedrine or ephedrine, commonly found in many cold medicine products. Methamphetamine is a very addictive drug and has become more prevalent in rural areas and small towns in Michigan.
To produce methamphetamine, several processes are needed involving the use of solvents, acids and other hazardous materials, which leave behind large amounts of hazardous waste. This waste must be removed by certified Clandestine Lab Response personnel and the waste must be disposed of by a certified HAZMAT contractor.
OMNI III investigators, certified by the Michigan State Police and the DEA as Clandestine Lab Responders, removed and packaged the hazardous materials from the apartment. These hazardous materials were then turned over to a DEA-approved HAZMAT disposal site for destruction.
This incident is pending additional investigation. OMNI III was assisted at the scene by officers from the Tecumseh Police Department and the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Office.
The OMNI III Narcotics Team is a multi-jurisdictional drug team tasked with enforcement of Michigan drug laws in Lenawee and Hillsdale counties. OMNI III is comprised of officers from the Adrian Police Department, the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Office, the Raisin Township Department of Public Safety and the Michigan State Police.