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Crystal meth from Mexico called ‘the latest scourge’ for western Michigan

Police agencies throughout western Michigan are reporting a surge in crystal methamphetamine investigations, a grim reality one prosecutor called “the latest scourge.’’

A Kent County drug team has seen meth-related investigations spike 250 percent; meth seizures in 2018 were up 1,600 percent.

Kent County Sheriff’s Lt. Jason Kelley calls the spike “staggering.’’

“Concern is definitely there that we’re on the rise of something,’’ Kelley said.

The Kent Area Narcotics Enforcement Team in 2017 conducted 46 meth investigations. That number jumped to 161 last year. Kelley says the accelerated pace continues.

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