Animal fracas precedes discovery of drug paraphernalia

John Tunison - Kalamazoo Gazette, Mich. (TNS)

VAN BUREN COUNTY, MI — Van Buren County narcotics detectives had to deal with an odd situation involving a stray pig and dog before they located drug paraphernalia at a Antwerp Township home.

The detectives went to a home Thursday, June 6 as part of an investigation.

When they arrived, however, they head noises of an animal in distress and saw a woman holding a board.

She told them she tried to use the board to make the family’s pit bull release his jaws from a stray pig that wandered into the back yard. She was unsuccessful, but deputies used “less lethal” shotgun rounds to separate the two and the pig ran into nearby woods.

After that, a 28-year-old Lawton man arrived at the scene and, according to police, refused to cooperate with police instructions about removing his hands from his sweatshirt pockets. A scuffle ensued and he was temporarily restrained after being taken to the ground, police said.

Police later obtained a search warrant and found paraphernalia used to smoke methamphetamine.

John Tunison

Kalamazoo Gazette, Mich. (TNS)

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