Shake and bake meth lab discovered in motel

Sunday Times Newspapers

ALLEN PARK — A 41-year-old Troy man is facing charges after police discovered a hotel room filled with the ingredients to make methamphetamine Oct. 26.

Michael Ivey was arraigned three days later in 24th District Court before Judge Richard Page on methamphetamine manufacturing charges.

The preliminary examination of the evidence against him is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday before 24th District Court Judge John Courtright. The maximum penalty for the drug manufacturing charge is 20 years in prison and a fine up to $25,000.

According to the police report, a complaint was made about 8:35 p.m. Oct. 26 about two men and a woman allegedly operating a “meth lab” at the Allen Park Motor Lodge, 14887 Southfield Road. Police said they arrived and saw the three people arguing outside a room at the motel with the door open.

There were large amount of chemicals and containers on the bathroom counter, which police said were visible from outside the motel room. When officers searched the room for other occupants, they found more chemicals, powders and containers spread throughout the room, but said no one else was in the room.

Police believed the materials were being used to produce methamphetamine and found cups of “white powder and crystals.” The room was registered to Ivey, who police said appeared nervous and could not focus on questions during their investigation. Ivey told police he had been staying at the motel for some time and had no idea where the chemicals came from.

The other man said he and his girlfriend stayed in the motel room for about three days and were asked by Ivey to help steal the ingredients necessary to create the substance.

They said Ivey approached them at a Lincoln Park grocery store, told the man he was stealing the ingredients from his job to make “ice,” and wanted him to help steal more ingredients.

The girlfriend told police that over the next two days, they were asked several times to help him make the methamphetamines. But around 8 p.m., the couple said they were told to leave the room for about 3 hours, so Ivey could “shake and bake” and that was then the two men began arguing.

Police later were shown the location of all the ingredients — which included lye, salt, lighter fluid, nail polish remover, batteries, and powder and liquid drain cleaner — by the couple. The ingredients were removed by the Clandestine Lab division of the Michigan State Police and taken into evidence.

Thornburn said police took witness statements from the couple and released them, but Ivey was arrested and charged for the manufacture of methamphetamines because the room was rented to him.

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