The Daily Reporter  [ View Original Article ]
Bronson, Mich. —

Three Bronson area residents, Jesse Modert, 34, his wife Amber Modert, 33, and Corey McNees, 34, were arrested Tuesday night after a meth lab was found.

Branch County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies found records where the Moderts both had purchased pseudoephedrine used to make meth.

Because Jesse Modert was on probation for possession of marijuana found in his car last March, he was brought in for a drug test. When the test was positive for both marijuana and meth, he was arrested for probation violation.

Deputies and Bronson Police then obtained a search warrant for the couple’s home at 158 Winona Street and, shortly after 10 p.m., found Amber at the home. Three children, ages 5 to 13, were also present.

A Child Protective Service worker testified in a Probate Court hearing that a lab was located in a freezer, and numerous meth lab components were found in a garage/barn on the property. Dried marijuana was located upstairs in the barn.

Jesse Modert insisted the barn had been padlocked so children could not enter it.

The CPS worker said inside the couple’s bedroom were residue of meth, meth, and aluminum foils used to smoke the drug.

The three children were taken to the Community Health Center and tested but none of them were positive for meth or chemicals. Probate Court placed the children in custody of the state who placed them with grandparents.

McNees was at the home at the time of the search. Officers found nothing on him or in his vehicle. He was released.

Officers later located a hoodie in the home with a cigarette pack in a pocket and a pack of meth inside. Amber stated the jacket belonged to McNees.

Five hours later, officers went to McNees’s Cavanaugh Road home to arrest him. He denied the drug was his and fought with officers who used a tazer to subdue him.

McNees was charged with possession of meth, a 10-year felony, and resisting arrest, a two-year offense. His bond was set at $35,000 but would be lowered to $15,000 if he passed a drug test.

Both husband and wife are charged with possession of a lab in the presence of minors, possession of a lab with hazardous waste, and manufacturing meth, all 20-year felonies. They also face charges of  possession of meth, a 10-year felony and with running a drug house and possession of marijuana, a two-year and one-year misdemeanor respectively.

Bond was set on Jesse at $200,000 and $100,000 on Amber.

Branch County District Judge Brent Weigle scheduled a preliminary hearing for Feb 27.

The Bronson Fire Department was called to assist while the hazardous waste from the labs was removed.