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Posted on Mon, Oct 1, 2012 : 6:58 p.m.

Man accused of cooking meth in front seat of Mustang convertible

By John Counts


Police arrested an accused methamphetamine user for cooking the drug in the front seat of this Ford Mustang convertible, left, in Ypsilanti Township Monday evening.

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An Ypsilanti Township man was arrested Monday evening for allegedly cooking methamphetamine in the front seat of his Mustang convertible, fire officials said.

Police and fire were dispatched to the 7900 block of Briarbrook Drive in Ypsilanti Township around 4:45 p.m.

"They had a meth lab inside of a car," said Ypsilanti Township fire Marshal Vic Chevrette.

The car was parked in front of a residence where the man was known to occasionally stay, said Sgt. Geoff Fox of the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office. Police were dispatched to Briarbrook after receiving a call that the man was behaving suspiciously. There were reports that the man was "shaking bottles," Fox said.

Chevrette, who is also the head of the Washtenaw County HAZMAT team, said the man was "cold cooking" in a pop bottle.

When deputies arrived, the man was attempting to get out of the car and walk away from them. Police observed meth-cooking equipment

"This isn't the first time we've dealt with him (related to) meth," Fox said. "We recently had contact with him for running a meth house."

Those charges are pending, he added.

Police found meth on the man, who was arrested and taken to jail for booking.

There was no immediate threat of hazardous chemicals and Ypsilanti Township Fire Department cleared the scene an hour later, Chevrette said.

"Nothing spilled inside," he said.

As of 6:15 p.m. Monday, the Michigan State Police were sending in a crew that specializes in hazardous materials to clean the vehicle and make sure all the chemicals were catalogued.

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John Counts

Wed, Oct 3, 2012 : 11:50 a.m.

For those who were wondering about the suspect's previous charges and the circumstances of how he was out on bond, a follow-up story is here:


Tue, Oct 2, 2012 : 9:28 p.m.

"This isn't the first time we've dealt with him (related to) meth," Fox said. "We recently had contact with him for running a meth house." Those charges are pending, he added. Well, why is this thug still on the street????


Tue, Oct 2, 2012 : 2:48 p.m.

I think the Sheriffs office is literally a mile or less away...

music to my ear

Tue, Oct 2, 2012 : 2:18 p.m.

that cold cook link is so funny below it is a recipe for a Hellman noodle dish. I just hope the younger kids do not get ahold of the cold cook (somethings are better left un said) a2 now you give too much info I am just sayin.

music to my ear

Wed, Oct 3, 2012 : 2:29 a.m.

yes. this generation is google nation.


Tue, Oct 2, 2012 : 1:30 p.m.

"This isn't the first time we've dealt with him (related to) meth," Fox said. "We recently had contact with him for running a meth house." Yet there he is, free to continue. Probably won't be the last time either.

Richard Carter

Tue, Oct 2, 2012 : 1:09 p.m.

One of the other side effects of mobile meth cooking is that when they're done, they tend to just throw the pop bottle and ingredients out of the car, and they are highly toxic ingredients.


Tue, Oct 2, 2012 : 12:30 p.m.

I think we need a pool. When the first story about a "mobile" meth lab in AA hits, will it will have taken place in: a) a Subaru b) a Prius hybrid c) an AATA bus


Wed, Oct 3, 2012 : 9:49 a.m.

You forgot D) Will Still be reported as happening in Ypsi. =)

simply amazed

Tue, Oct 2, 2012 : 1:38 p.m.

B. a Prius hybrid. Strictly in the interest of being environmentally responsible.

A A Resident

Tue, Oct 2, 2012 : 12:30 p.m.

Everyone knows you're supposed to cook meth in a Firebird, not a Mustang!

John Counts

Tue, Oct 2, 2012 : 12:26 p.m.

Hi Anita. We weren't quite sure what "cold cooking" was and had to look it up. We figured many readers might not know what it was, either, and would possibly search the term, which didn't provide a definition, just the recipe. By adding the link, we were just trying to eliminate that step for people who might be interested in what the procedure entails.

Alex Swary

Tue, Oct 2, 2012 : 12:21 p.m.

He better call Saul!


Tue, Oct 2, 2012 : 12:13 p.m.

Why add a link to explain how to actually make meth?


Tue, Oct 2, 2012 : 11:42 a.m.

So this is why I have to go through several hoops and have my identity recorded when I pick up allergy meds for my wife.

Craig Lounsbury

Tue, Oct 2, 2012 : 12:01 p.m.



Tue, Oct 2, 2012 : 10:54 a.m.

What's the problem. The guy is gainfully self-employed; an entrepreneur. He's not one of the 47% who are too lazy to work.


Tue, Oct 2, 2012 : 10:39 a.m.

Is this the guy who got busted in the trailer park a couple of months ago?


Tue, Oct 2, 2012 : 1:57 a.m.

I would have thought it would be a Camaro not a Mustang....

Richard Carter

Tue, Oct 2, 2012 : 1:06 p.m.

He was cooking it for his girlfriend, Mustang Sally.

Ghost of Tom Joad

Tue, Oct 2, 2012 : 12:07 p.m.

thanks, now I have to clean coffee off of my keyboard. hahaha


Tue, Oct 2, 2012 : 1:45 a.m.

I get the feeling something is missing from this article. This man had a mullet didn't he?

Ron Granger

Tue, Oct 2, 2012 : 12:40 a.m.

I don't always cook meth in my car. But when I do, I do it in the backseat.


Tue, Oct 2, 2012 : 12:26 a.m.

For a minute I thought (wow) a mini-cooking stove on his front seat) This dude should have been cleaning out his own car. Hoping this is the last time law enforcement has to deal with him.


Tue, Oct 2, 2012 : 12:23 a.m.

What an idiot. Everyone knows meth cooks best in the back seat.


Tue, Oct 2, 2012 : 12:16 a.m.

Sad...this is actually a really nice neighborhood. This is no West Willow. Goes to show it can happen anywhere.

Richard Carter

Tue, Oct 2, 2012 : 1:05 p.m.

Especially if someone's mobile.


Tue, Oct 2, 2012 : 12:13 a.m.

Mobil meth. Drug users get caught a lot and usually it is because for some reason they like to do it in public. It is very easy to spot them because their way of prepping and using is very distinct. Could never figure out why dopers like to dope outside.


Tue, Oct 2, 2012 : 4:42 p.m.

Because they're high and can't think straight?


Tue, Oct 2, 2012 : 12:03 a.m.

Walter White would not approve of this!


Mon, Oct 1, 2012 : 11:56 p.m.

I bet his granma told him a watched pot never boils, but did he pay attention?


Tue, Oct 2, 2012 : 1:14 a.m.

His response: "That's because no one has ever tried cooking inside of a car parked in the sun"


Mon, Oct 1, 2012 : 11:49 p.m.

Breaking Bad!


Tue, Oct 2, 2012 : 4:41 p.m.

More like Breaking Stupid!


Tue, Oct 2, 2012 : 2:44 p.m.

Better call Saul!


Tue, Oct 2, 2012 : 6:55 a.m.

Starting off in a 91 Ford Mustang working his way up to the Mobile Home?


Tue, Oct 2, 2012 : 12:02 a.m.

if Jesse's friend Badger was running