Many DUI and drug-related charges in Michigan result from traffic stops in which drivers were pulled over for traffic violations. Deputies in Saginaw County stopped a vehicle on a recent Tuesday night. Their apparent discovery of a mobile methamphetamine lab led to two people facing drug charges.
Deputies reported that they pulled over a car occupied by a man and woman. It is not clear what led the authorities to stop the vehicle in the first place. The driver was arrested due to an outstanding arrest warrant from another county. When the car was searched, deputies reportedly found multiple chemical substances that they say are those typically used to manufacture methamphetamine.
The substances were sent to the Michigan State Police Crime Lab to be analyzed. Authorities believe that the couple manufactured the dangerous drugs in the trunk of the car. The passenger reportedly complained of feeling ill, and she was taken to a hospital for a short stay. Less than a week after the traffic stop, the woman reportedly turned herself in at the courthouse. Both were charged with felony manufacturing and conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine.
When facing drug charges, Michigan residents may benefit from retaining the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney before answering police questions or otherwise agreeing to be interviewed by authorities. Things that are said during police interviews immediately after the arrest may be detrimental to a case. Anyone accused of a crime has a number of legal rights guaranteed to them by law, and common sense dictates that they be used to advantage in order to defend against charges that could have life-altering consequences in the event of a conviction.
Source: mlive.com, "Woman charged in 'rolling meth lab' turns herself in to face prosecution", Andy Hoag, Sept. 25, 2015