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Search of home leads police to meth lab, firearms

Two people have been arrested after police raided a home in Porter Township, Michigan, less than an hour outside Kalamazoo. Police searched the home on the evening of February 7 and allegedly found meth, marijuana, prescription drugs and firearms. There was also reportedly evidence of a meth lab in the home.

Police arrested a 47-year-old man and a 52-year-old woman. They were both in the home at the time of the raid and face 10 counts of firearms and narcotics charges. They are each being held on a $60,000 bond. The investigation is ongoing.

Drug manufacturing is illegal under both state and federal laws. Methamphetamine production can result in serious charges, as it often involves buying ephedrine and other deadly household chemicals. The severity of the charges depends on the amount of the drug found and whether there is evidence of manufacturing or delivery.

Although marijuana use on a limited scale was recently decriminalized in two states, being in possession of a large amount of illegal drugs result in severe charges, depending on the geographic area and the person's criminal history. A large amount of marijuana, or any other drug, often means that someone is producing it and selling it, which could result in stiffer penalties than simple possession.

In addition to the meth-related charges, the two people arrested on February 7 face firearm charges. Although the Second Amendment allows United States citizens to own firearms, they must do so legally. State and federal laws dictate the circumstances in which guns can be owned and carried. State laws vary, with some states granting considerably more rights than others.

Source: MLive.com, "Meth bust near Union in Cass County leads to 2 arrests," Nicholas Grenke, Feb. 8, 2013

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