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Year-End Reports     Investigative Section     Detective Division   
Computer Crimes Division      Narcotics Division - Meth Lab Dump Sites    
Snowmobile Division     Substance Abuse Abatement Program   Red Med Box  

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If you have information on a crime or narcotics violation, contact the following officers:

Detective Division
D/Sgt. Tom Macyauski 269-657-8200 ext. 3406
269-657-3101
269-415-0082 FAX
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Dispatch
Detective Sharon VanDam 269-657-8200 ext 3409
269-657-3101
269-415-0082 FAX
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Dispatch
D/Lt. Mark R. McCulfor 269-657-8200 ext 3402
269-657-3101
269-657-8296, ext 3402
269-415-0082 FAX
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Dispatch
Narcotic's Office
Narcotic's FAX
Computer Crime Division
Detective Ben Ludwig 269-269-657-8200 ext 3407
269-657-3101
269-657-8296, ext 3407
269-415-0082 FAX
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Dispatch
Narcotic's Office
Narcotic's FAX
Narcotics Division
D/Lt. Mark R. McCulfor
Narcotics Supervisor
269-657-8200 ext 3402
269-657-3101
269-657-7316 FAX
269-657-8296, ext 3402
269-415-0082 FAX
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Dispatch

Narcotic's Office
Narcotic's FAX

Detective Casey Davis 269-657-8200 ext 3404
269-657-3101
269-657-8296 ext 3404
269-415-0082 FAX
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Dispatch
Narcotic's Office
Detective Mick Masterson 269-657-8200 ext. 3406
269-657-3101
269-657-8296 ext. 3406
269-415-0082 FAX
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Dispatch
Narcotic's Office
Detective Ben Downey 269-657-8200 ext. 3408
269-657-3101
269-657-8296 ext. 3408
269-415-0082 FAX
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Dispatch
Narcotic's Office
Deputy Greg Pentland 269-657-8200 ext. 3403
269-657-3101
269-657-8200 ext. 3403
269-415-0082 FAX
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Dispatch
Narcotic's Office
Deb VanHouten,
Support Staff
269-657-8200 ext. 3410 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

YEAR-END REPORTS FOR 2014

Investigative Section

The offsite facility houses the Detective Division, Narcotic’s Division and Computer Crime Unit,

The Investigative Section of the Sheriff’s Office is comprised of the Detective Division, Narcotics Division, Computer Crime Unit, Substance Abuse Abatement Program (Reports & Arrest tracking only) and the Snowmobile Enforcement Unit.

The Investigative Section has two Lieutenants that supervises and investigates criminal activities.

The Detective Division comprises of a Lieutenant who supervises a Sergeant and Detective, along with the Computer Crimes Unit that has a Detective assigned who also assists in both divisions (Detective & Narcotic’s). The Sheriff’s Office also has one Detective Sergeant assigned to the Michigan State Police -Southwest Michigan Commercial Auto Recovery Unit (SCAR).

Narcotic's Division

The three investigators assigned to the Detective Division provide assistance and support to the Uniformed Response Division. They conduct lengthy and/or complicated investigations not only generated by the Uniform Response Division, but also referrals from local, state and federal agencies.

The investigations for 2014 resulted in the arrest of 20 individuals on 40 arrest counts. There were also an additional 13 counts of exceptional clearance, which means a suspect was identified but prosecutions was declined. The Detectives also had 9 assists to other agencies, conducted 8 background investigations, 14 search warrants, 22 hours of public relations, and 4 hours of instructing.

In 2014, the Detective Division investigated 73 complaints, with 40 being violent crimes including, 3 homicides, 1 negligent homicide, 36 sexual assaults, and 1 armed robbery.  The remaining 32 crimes investigated were breaking & entering, larcenies, vehicle theft, embezzlements, arson, fraud, identity theft, receiving and concealing stolen property and safe breaking. The division has 20 open ongoing investigations that were carried into 2015. This Division also worked 4 death investigations.

The Detective division was involved in several major cases which included taking the lead and solving a series of Breaking and Entering’s & Recovery of thousands of dollars in stolen property. These investigations spanned over 8 Michigan Counties and resulted in the arrest and convictions of 2 suspects in 17 criminal counts.

These three investigators are highly dedicated and motivated in investigating and solving criminal cases.

This Division also has a Detective’s that are assigned to the Michigan Sheriff’s Association’s Mission Team who will assist in internal investigations at other Sheriff’s Offices. This Detective was called to assist in 1 investigation.

The Narcotics Division is made up three Detectives, Sergeant, and a Lieutenant. The Lieutenant also supervises Snowmobile Division along with the Substance Abuse Abatement Program that has one investigator assigned.

The four investigators assigned to the Narcotic’s Division had a productive and busy year. The narcotics investigators conducted investigations involving street level dealers along with lengthy and/or long term investigations with Federal agencies. They also provide assistance and support to the Uniformed Response Division and Local Police agencies.

In 2014, Narcotic’s Division conducted 224 (227) narcotic investigations, with the arrest of 173 (149) suspects on 309 (325) arrest counts. Of those investigations 33 (46) search warrants were executed, 19 (27) were meth related, 8 (9) for marijuana and 6 (10) for Cocaine and/or other narcotics. We conducted 53 (62) Knock & Talks (K&T’s) with 21 (35) of them for methamphetamine, 31(14) marijuana and 1 (13) for cocaine and/or other drugs.


2014 Arrests

In 2014 there were a total of 138 people arrested on a total of 309 arrest counts. Following is a breakdown of the arrest count numbers.

Assault Police Officer 1 Possession of Analogues 2
Breaking and Entering 1

Possession of Cocaine

2
Delivery of Cocaine 2 Possession of Controlled Substance 1
Delivery of Controlled Heroin 4 Possession of Heroin 1
Delivery of Marijuana 25 Possession of Marijuana 29
Delivery of Morphine 5 Possession of Meth 43
Federal Warrant Arrest 1 Possession of Morphine 1
Felony Firearm 7 Possession of Unregistered Firearm 1
Felony Warrant 13 Possession Stolen Property 1
Frequent a Drug House 4 Probation Violation 4
Harboring Fugitives 3 PWID Heroin 3
Habitual Offender 1 PWID Marijuana 5
Maintain a Drug House 26 PWID Meth 5
Manufacture Marijuana 16  Resisting & Obstructing 7
Misdemeanor Warrant 43 R&C Stolen Property 1
Operating/Maintain Meth Lab 53 Smuggle Contraband I/T Jail 1
Parole Violation 12 Traffic Offense 4
Possession More than 12gm Pseudo 2
 
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 2013 GRAND TOTAL  329 (342)

154 (145) Subjects arrested on 329 (342) counts

Of the 227 (231) total narcotics investigations in 2013, 101 (131) were Methamphetamine related, with 138 (159) meth related arrest charges out of the 329 (342) total charges for the 2013 year. With 60 reportable EPICS for 2013, 68 in 2012, 80 in 2011, 73 in 2010, 49 in 2009, 38 in 2008, 19 in 2007, 17 in 2006, 53 in 2005, 60 in 2004 and 37 in 2003. The Sheriff’s Office has officers certified by the DEA and MSP as clandestine lab technicians.

    

Van Buren County and Southwestern Michigan has seen over the past couple of years a big impact of Methamphetamine and the clandestine labs. We have seen a drop in customary labs, however an increase in the “one pot” method over the past couple of years.  The “one pot” method is just what it states, the offender uses one container that being a 2 liter pop bottle and places all of the precursors and pills in the bottle and waits for everything to react before finishing off the final product (Methamphetamine).

One major change was the signing in July 2011 of what is known as “NPLEx”, which went into effect on January 1st 2012. NPLEx legislation/law requires retailers that sell over the counter Sudafed to electrically log/track the sales along with the consumers’ identification, number of boxes and tablet amounts purchased. This information is then accessible to law enforcement to view and track the sales for violations. This information can be used to assist officers in obtaining search warrants for the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Meth Lab Dump Sites

      Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office Central Dispatch, along with the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit, receive numerous calls fromMeth Lab Dump Site 3-22-2010 citizens, regarding meth lab trash found along side of roads, open fields and wooded areas.   After the snow is gone, it is easier to notice these items on the ground.  Some of these items may have been there through the winter or just recently thrown there. 
     The items typically found are plastic 2 liter pop bottles used as gas generators, which can be either capped or have a tube sticking out from the bottle.  Even if they look old, once moved, they will start to react again and give off a hazardous gas.  Another item typically found are plastic Gatorade type bottles, which are used as the actual meth lab vessel.  These are generally capped containing the waste, after a cook is finished.  You will also find peeled batteries, used coffee filters, used bottles of drain opener, Lye and camp fuel cans.

Meth Lab Dump Site 3-22-2010   Sometimes these items are tossed out as a single item, but mostly these items are all in one trash bag.  No matter how long they have been there, these items pose a potential hazard to you.  If you see an item you believe is meth related, do not touch it.  If you see a trash bag along the road or even in a field, do not open the bag.  Once these items are disturbed, the reaction may begin again, giving off a hazardous gas.  These items also pose additional hazards by being caustic and flammable. 
    
If you believe you have located a meth trash dump site, stay away and contact authorities
 

Anyone with information can contact the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office at (269) 657-3101, Crime Stoppers 1-800-342-7867, Silent Observer (269) 343-2100 or your local Police Department.

Supervisor Contact:
Bryan R. Stump D/Lt. 
E-mail
Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office
Narcotics Unit
205 S. Kalamazoo St.
Paw Paw, MI 49079

Phone (269) 657-3101 Ext 208, (269) 415-0082 FAX

Computer Crime Division

In 2003, the Computer Crime Unit was established and has grown in case load, technical hardware and software, training and knowledge. A forensic computer examiner became needed due to the ever-evolving Internet growth and advancement in technology. The Internet has become a source for on line child pornography, and sexual predators, fraud, and other crimes. An investigator was trained as a forensic examiner and has conducted investigations for this office, local, and federal agencies as well. During the 2009 year the Sheriff has committed an additional deputy for training as an examiner and has been attending in house training, along with courses from NW3C and Access Data.

The Computer Crimes Unit handled 56 cases in 2013 (43).

Breakdown of Cases by Agency 

Breakdown of Cases by Category

Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office     36 Administrative                     1
Cass County Sheriff's Office     3 Assault  2
DEA 1 B&E 2
Dowagiac Police Department    3

Child Pornography                      

10
Hartford Police Department          1 CSC 4
KVET: 1 Delinquent Minor 1
Lawton Police Department 3 Drug Related 11
Paw Paw Police Department 3 Fatal Accident 1
SCAR: 1 Hit & Run 1
State Probation - Parol: 4 Larceny 6
    Probation Violation 2
    Stalking 3
    Solicitation of Minor 3
    Stolen Property 7
    Suicide 2

           TOTAL    

56    

Information

The task of conducting a complete forensic examination, depending on the offense and amount of media, can take a great deal of time and involve numerous complex steps. These steps can included not only the forensic examination but also the search warrant issues with seized evidence, search warrants of ISP and other companies, the submission for victim identification to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and a host of other smaller but just as important procedures.

2013 saw an increase in examination requests predominantly due to the increase in smart phone usage. Smart phones can hold large amounts of data, including location information, communication information, and other information that has the potential of being evidence in a case. The Computer Crimes Unit was able to purchase a new forensic computer and equipment for setting up a networked environment for conducting investigation. New forensic software was also purchased, all of which is aiding in the processing of electronic evidence.

Substance Abuse Abatement Program

     In 2012, the Van Buren County Substance Abuse Abatement Program enforcement officer(s) who are working with the New Directions and Drug Treatment Court programs, investigated 182 (188) violations of probation, parole or a bond violation resulting in the arrest and/or violation of 180 (182) individuals. These violations occurred after being placed on probation, paroled from prison or while awaiting trial. The violations were all from drug use after being placed on one of the programs.

Snowmobile Division

     In 2013, the Snowmobile Division patrolled 76 (85.25) hours, made 494 (483) contacts, issued 12 (25) citations, gave 43 (25) verbal warnings, investigated 4 (16) complaints and 2 (2) accidents. The numbers are low for the 2013 season.  This is due to the weather still not being the best for snowmobiling.
     The annual Department of Natural Recourses (DNR) grant provides funding for wages, officer equipment, two snowmobiles, and trailer so that officers can patrol the trails within the county.

Red Med Box

In April 2013, the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office introduced the “RED MED BOX” for the collection of unused and/or wanted medications .As of November there are nine (9) locations throughout the county and they have collected 563.6 pounds of medication. 


Respectfully,
Bryan R. Stump D/Lt.

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