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Police: Meth a problem in Hastings
HASTINGS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A couple in Hastings is caught hosting a Meth party, before starting Narcotics Anonymous this week.
Family members tell Newschannel 3 the couple is in denial they have a drug addiction.
They have been trying to get them into rehab for years, and have been stopping by the couple's house regularly to make sure their kids are safe.
Saturday night, Hastings Police were called to a house on the 500 block of East Madison.
"They found some components in the basement, where we were told the meth lab was actually cooking, then in an upstairs bedroom found several other components," said Deputy Chief Jeff Pratt with the Hastings Police Department.
Police say four people were inside the house, including a 9-year-old and a 2-month-old, and that other adults had stopped by during the day to party.
"They actually admitted to using meth, they said they had not cooked any in the house, but used meth as their 'last hurrah,' because they were supposed to start a treatment program this week," said Deputy Chief Pratt.
The next day police were called to The Superette convenience store, after they say one of the suspects from the night before dumped an active meth gas generator into this trash can.
"You could actually see the fumes coming out of the plastic bag," said Deputy Chief Pratt.
The store clerk says it was a family member of the meth user who saw what they did and called police.
"They were concerned the girls had some kids and they were concerned about them, so they were following them around to see what they could find," said store clerk Shauna Gaylor.
Police say the trash can could have caught fire and spread to the Superette.
The clerk wants whoever is responsible to pay.
"If somebody had thrown a cigarette in there it would have been really bad. It sucks that it’s here at my work, but it’s gotten really bad around here," said Gaylor.
So far police have arrested no one.
Hastings Police have handed the case over to the Barry County Prosecutor's Office.
Meantime, family members tell Newschannel 3 the two children are safe, and have tested negative for any meth in their systems.
Hastings Police say meth use is a big problem in the city.
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