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'Rolling meth lab' suspects take plea agreements

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The two suspects involved in a mobile meth lab have agreed to plea deals.

Sheriff William Federspiel has seen a lot. But nothing like this.

"Very shocking for me. We've not had to deal with this since I’ve been sheriff," Federspiel said. "And we tried to track it back at least 17 years since we've have anything to do with crystal meth or laboratories."

A rolling meth lab was brought to a halt after a traffic stop for littering on Bay Road.

Five people were hospitalized and numerous businesses evacuated. It all happened Sept. 15 in Saginaw County's Kochville Township.

Later in the month, Adelord Frederick and Sara Thompson were charged with manufacturing methamphetamines and conspiring to commit that crime.

"The fear of an explosion. There's the fear of the chemicals spilling out and people getting sickened or people dying from breathing those chemicals," Federspiel said.

One of the owners of Jenny's Party Store, Michael Sous, had the unfortunate luck of having this traffic stop end in their parking lot. They said Tuesday night's events will be something they won't forget for a long time.

"They called me they said we're going to shut down and I said good idea," Sous said.

Sous said he couldn't believe what he heard as his employees evacuated. He's just glad everyone at the store is OK.

"They were pretty shook up. That's not something you mess around with," Sous said.

Federspiel said meth hasn't been much of a problem here before. His department is working closely with Michigan State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration to keep a close eye on potential meth activity.

He wants residents to do the same.

"If they detect an odor of chemicals and it’s in a place they shouldn't be detecting that give us a call," Federspiel said. "Call 9-1-1. They'll send out a car to look at it, investigate it. It may be nothing but it very well could be someone transporting chemicals for a mobile meth lab."

On March 9, Frederick and Thompson appeared before a Saginaw County Circuit judge and pleaded to a felony and misdemeanor.

Frederick pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine, which is a felony with a 10-year maximum sentence. Thompson pleaded guilty to use of a controlled substance.

Frederick will be sentenced on April 11, and Thompson on April 18.

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