By LISA M. REED
IRON MOUNTAIN - A fourth person has been charged with operating/maintaining a methamphetamine laboratory after a search of a rental home at 501 Sterling St. in Kingsford.
Steven Lee Spencer
Prosecuting Attorney Lisa Richards said that Steven Lee Spencer, 57, of Iron Mountain, is charged operating/maintaining a laboratory involving methamphetamine, conspiracy to commit controlled substance delivery/manufacture of methamphetamine/ecstasy and habitual offender, second offense notice.
The charges stem from when police were called between March 9 and March13 to a report of individuals making methamphetamine at 501 Sterling St.
Upon entering the residence, officers immediately smelled a strong odor and observed smoke within the residence, according to the felony complaints.
Police later discovered a portable methamphetamine lab within the bathroom along with what is believed to be finished methamphetamine. Defendant admitted purchasing several of the components used in the manufacturing process.
Also charged with operating/maintaining a laboratory involving methamphetamine and conspiracy to commit controlled substance delivery/manufacture of methamphetamine/ecstasy are Jennifer Lee Lacosse, 26, of Norway and Nicole Janae Strutz, 30, of Iron Mountain.
Samantha Marie Matson, 22, of Vulcan, faces charges of operating/maintaining a laboratory involving methamphetamine and delivery/manufacture of methamphetamine/ecstasy.
Lacosse is also charged with delivery/manufacture of a controlled substance methamphetamine/ecstasy.
Lacosse and Strutz are also charged as being a habitual offender, fourth offense notice.
According to the felony complaints, Lacosse and Strutz admitted to making two "batches" of meth at the residence and were assisting each other when police arrived.
The complaint notes Lacosse and Strutz had Sudafed tablets and lithium batteries (both are known components in the manufacturing process) on them at the time of their arrest.
The felony complaint notes LaCosse had provided Spencer with a shopping list and acknowledged she would use the components to make meth.
Strutz admitted purchasing Sudafed, and also provided the use of her vehicle to obtain other components.
All the charges are felony offenses punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
Arraignments for all four individuals will be held on Tuesday, April 8 at 9 a.m. before Dickinson County Circuit Court Judge Richard Celello.
The four individuals remain lodged at the Dickinson County Correctional Center.
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