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WHITE PIGEON, Mich. (WOOD) – Police arrested five people that investigators call a potentially violent group making and dealing methamphetamine in the White Pigeon area.

Authorities found out about the group from a confidential informant.

That person told police a sniper was protecting the house where they were making drugs and warned that the sniper would shoot police.

A highly trained group of officers managed to take the group down.

Four suspects were arrested as they left the residence. One was the reported sniper. Three had weapons on them.

A fifth suspect was arrrested in his bed at the residence without a struggle.

The five suspects are now in the Saint Joseph County jail. Nearly all of them had a criminal record that included narcotics charges, a news release said.

A search of the premesis uncovered meth, meth components, marijuana, six rifles, and an additional handgun (bringing the handgun total to four).

The arrests were part of a joint effort from the  Michigan State Police Southwest Narcotics Enforcement Team (SWET), which is made up of officers from Berrien County Sheriff’s Department, Barry County Sheriff’s Department, Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department, Kalamazoo Township Police Department, Michigan State Police, South Haven Police Department, Homer Police Department, and the Sturgis Police Department. The team covers the counties of Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and Van Buren.