Sheriff to seek drug charges against Antwerp Twp. woman

By: 
Paul Garrod • news4garrod@vineyardpress.biz

   ANTWERP TWP. - Van Buren County Sheriff Daniel Abbott reported that drug related charges will be sought against a 28-year-old Lawton area woman, following an investigation conducted earlier this month.
   The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit conducted an investigation Thursday, June 6, on Dennis Sweet Drive, in reference to illegal narcotics activities taking place at an Antwerp Township residence.
   Narcotics detectives went to the residence in an attempt to make contact with the occupants. As detectives pulled into the  driveway, they heard a loud noise from an animal in distress, coming from the backyard.
   Detectives observed a female with a wooden board appear from that area and make her way to the driveway. She told detectives that a pig had wandered into the backyard, where it was bitten by the family’s pit bull. The woman  said the dog would not let go of the pig, and she attempted to hit the animals to separate them.
   Detectives deployed rounds from a less-lethal shotgun and were able to separate the animals. The pig then escaped into nearby woods, while  the dog remained at the residence.
   Soon after, a vehicle pulled into the residence. The vehicle’s driver was identified as the 28-year-old suspect. As detectives spoke to the suspect, she walked away from them toward the residence. As the suspect neared the residence, another detective approached and said detectives would like to speak to her.
   Abbott said the suspect’s actions and demeanor appeared to be agitated. For officer safety reasons, detectives requested the suspect take her hands out from her hooded sweatshirt pocket prior to talking. The suspect refused to comply with detectives’ verbal commands and officers secured the suspect’s hand.
   The suspect attempted to pull away from detectives and  attempted to strike them. She was then taken to the ground and both hands were secured. No weapons were located and no injuries resulted from this interaction, according to Abbott.
   As authorities spoke to the suspect, detectives were told there was illegal narcotic paraphernalia inside the residence. The suspect did not allow authorities to enter without a search warrant. Detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence, and executed it.
   During the search, authorities found suspected paraphernalia used for smoking methamphetamine.
   No arrests have been made regarding this investigation at this time. Charges of possession of methamphetamine and resisting and obstructing police officers are pending.
   The animal portion of the investigation was turned over to the Van Buren County Sheriff's  Office Animal Control Division.
   The incident will be forwarded to the county prosecutor for review. Anyone with information can contact the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office at (269) 657-3101, Crime Stoppers 1 (800) 342-7867, Silent Observer (269) 343-2100 or the local police department.

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