By: Benjamin J. Gohs, News Editor
Aaron David Mathers, 30, and Carey Ann Mathers, 31, both of Wilson Township, have each been charged with two felonies and a high court misdemeanor after detectives from the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office allegedly discovered a working methamphetamine laboratory at their Tomkins Road home on Jan. 21.
According to Det. Todd Reeves’ affidavit of probable cause, he was tipped off to the existence of the alleged lab by a confidential informant.
“The warrant was executed and in the search the main residence and two sheds located on the property were searched,” he stated. “Officers took possession of various items known to be used in the production of methamphetamine and in the maintenance of a drug house or laboratory, including a straw, red pill grinder, Tylenol container with a plastic bag inside with powder in it, two glass Mason jars with white residue inside, tin foil made into a pipe, white chunk of rock in a plastic bag, one bottle of lye, plastic container with batteries in it, a tool to cut batteries inside the container, one 9mm semi-automatic gun, gas tubing off of a gas generator out of a Gatorade bottle, piece of green 2-litre—one pot method—with methamphetamine residue and solids inside.”
Child protective services was then called and a representative arrived on the scene. At that time Aaron Mathers allegedly admitted that methamphetamine was in the sheds.
According to Reeves’ report, law enforcement was able to determine how much ephedrine was purchased by both Aaron and Carey due to Michigan’s database that keeps track of such drug sales.
While 3.6 grams may be purchased by a single person in a 24-hour period, a search of the database allegedly shows both Aaron and Carey each purchased two boxes of 2.4 grams of ephedrine contained in decongestant within a 15-hour period.
Count 1: Controlled substance – operating/maintaining laboratory involving methamphetamine; this felony charge carries a maximum 20-year sentence in prison and/or a $25,000 fine.
Count 2: Controlled substance – delivery/manufacture methamphetamine/ecstasy; this felony charge carries a maximum 20-year sentence in prison and/or a $25,000 fine.
Count 3: Controlled substance – maintaining a drug house; this high court misdemeanor charge carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison and/or a $25,000 fine.
According to Charlevoix County Sheriff W. Don Schneider, both subjects are out of jail on $5,000 bond.
Schneider credited the work of the Charlevoix County JOLT team in shutting down what he deemed as an “extremely dangerous” operation.