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Man sentenced after active meth lab found in home with children

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Source: Clare County Prosecutor's Office Source: Clare County Prosecutor's Office
CLARE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

A Mid-Michigan man has been sentenced after authorities found an active meth lab in the home he was living in with children. 

The Clare County Prosecutor’s Office said 30-year-old Jeremy Lee Gotwalt of Lake, Michigan, pleaded guilty on April 27 to operating/maintaining a laboratory in the presence of a minor, operating/maintaining a laboratory involving hazardous waste, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a dangerous weapon and habitual offender, third offense.

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The charges stemmed from an incident on September 18, 2017 at a house in Farwell.

Officers went to the home to arrest Gotwalt on open warrants. When they arrived, they allegedly found Gotwalt in a bedroom with an active “one-pot” on the dresser in the room.

The officers also found children in the home.

A judge sentenced Gotwalt on June 4 to:

  • 6.5 years to 40 years for Operating/Maintaining a Laboratory in the Presence of a Minor
  • 6 years to 40 years for Operating/Maintaining a Laboratory involving Hazardous Waste
  • 19 months to 20 years for Possession of Methamphetamine
  • 9 months to 10 years for the Weapons – Dangerous Weapon, Miscellaneous convictions.

The court ruled all sentences will be concurrent with one another.

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