Four men arrested on meth charges following SSCENT raid.

April 10, 2017

Four men arrested on meth charges following SSCENT raid.

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BRANCH TOWNSHIP — Four local men were arrested last week by the State, Sheriffs’, Chiefs’ Enforcement of Narcotics Team (SSCENT) on multiple methamphetamine charges following a drug raid by narcotics officers last February.

Johnathan Wayne Colwell, 27, of Irons, Christopher Lee Smalley, 27, of Branch, Tyrone Esau McNeely, 19, of Branch, and James Alexander Kelsey, 36, of Branch were arrested Thursday, April 6, on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, aiding and abetting, providing chemicals to manufacture methamphetamine and operating/maintaining a laboratory involving hazardous waste, stated Det./Lt. Andrew Ambrose.

“All three (meth) charges are felonies, punishable by up to 20 years in prison and up to a $100,000 fine. All four subjects are currently lodged in the Mason County Jail,” according to Ambrose.

“On February 8, 2017, detectives from SSCENT executed a search warrant in the 7000 block of US 10 in Mason County’s Branch Township. During the execution of the search warrant, several items used in the production of methamphetamine were located inside the home.”

Meth production involves the use of hazardous materials and requires specially-trained technicians to clean up the site. Members of the Michigan State Police Methamphetamine Enforcement Team responded to the scene to dismantle the laboratory and remove the hazardous materials from the residence.

SSCENT detectives were assisted by deputies from the Mason County Sheriff’s Office and Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

SSCENT is a multi-jurisdictional task force that serves Manistee, Mason, Oceana and Lake counties. If you have information about drug activity in your area, contact SSCENT at (231) 843-7045 or call your local police department.

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