Traverse Narcotics Team, GT Sheriff’s Office Arrest Four in Meth Bust

Tips coming in to the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday night pointed detectives to a home where they found meth making materials.

The Traverse Narcotics Team came in to help with the investigation.

They focused on a home off Virginia Avenue in Long Lake Township and arrested four people.

9&10’s Caroline Powers and photojournalist Harrison Light spoke to investigators and neighbors and have more details on the meth arrests.

An orange warning sign is posted on the door after the Traverse Narcotics Team responded here late last night.

Neighbors in the area say this isn’t the first time police have been to this home.

“It’s like it happened again. They’ve been in trouble previously,” says Peggy Kuhlman. “The house sat empty while the owner was in jail and now it’s back to more activity again.”

Tips into the Grand Traverse Sheriff’s Office quickly led to this home in Long Lake Township.

“We eventually conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle which ultimately led to the arrest of two individuals for unrelated warrants,” says Captain Chris Clark. “We connected the traffic stop, did some surveillance and then we assisted the Traverse Narcotics Team while they conducted their search warrant.”

Detectives found chemicals and items used to make meth in the home and car.

They arrested four people.

Kuhlman lives down the street and says this drug activity is unsettling.

“It’s scary. There’s other issues in the area and so you have to keep a close eye on everything,” says Kuhlman. “I’ve lived here 35 years now and it’s hard. My kids used to play in the neighborhood and you didn’t worry about them going out to ride their bike or playing outside but now you got to constantly watch everything.”

Captain Clark says the interdiction team has responded to over 30 cases since they began in January. And this one proves how well they work with other agencies.

All four people are lodged in the Grand Traverse County jail.