Watervliet meth bust comes on ordinary traffic stop

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

WATERVLIET — An interesting find occurred Tuesday morning when a Berrien County Sheriff’s Office Watervliet Township deputy stopped a vehicle with a headlight out.

When the deputy made contact with the driver on St. Joseph Avenue near Lewis Street in Watervliet, the male subject admitted to having a “one-pot” style container in the vehicle that was being used to make methamphetamine.

Roy Pace, 49, was asked to step away from his vehicle, and during the deputy’s contact with the driver it was discovered he had meth in his possession, the sheriff’s office reported.

The deputy called the Berrien County Narcotics Unit for assistance, who then removed an active one-pot bottle from the vehicle along with another container that was used for making meth.

According to a sheriff’s news release, other items commonly used for the meth production were found.

Officers then found a gym bag that contained a small amount of marijuana and additional amount of meth. A hazardous clean-up was required for some of the items.

The traffic stop was across the street from the Watervliet High School, the release said. The driver, who is from out of the area, told police he was in the area for employment.

Pace was arrested on charges of manufacturing meth, maintaining a drug vehicle, manufacturing meth within 500 feet of a residence, manufacturing meth within a school zone, the illegal transport of hazardous material, possession of meth and possession of marijuana.

Officers also seized $70, a cell phone and the 2000 Buick four-door.

Contact Tony Wittkowski at twittkowski@TheHP.com or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter: @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on Feb. 4, 2016)

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