Sturgis narcotics investigation results in the seizure of hundreds of grams of meth, stolen firearms, other drugs

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department recently completed a several months long narcotics investigation that culminated in the execution of three search warrants, and resulted in the seizure of hundreds of grams of meth, as well as cocaine, LSD, and other drugs in Sturgis.

In April deputies stopped a motorcycle on US 12 near Shimmel Road in Sturgis Township around 2 a.m. During the traffic stop officers were able to obtain probable cause for the first of three search warrants at the driver’s home in the 600 block of Park Street in the City of Sturgis. 

The sheriff’s office and members of the Sturgis Police Department executed the first search warrant, and located over 400 grams of crystal methamphetamine, cocaine, LSD, and other drugs. Deputies also located a large number of firearms in the home, some of which were stolen.

On September 6, the St. Joseph County Special Response Team (SRT) was activated to execute a search warrant at the suspect’s home. During the search SRT located the suspect inside the home, and he was taken into custody. 

The third and final search warrant was then executed by the sheriff’s office, where another large amount of crystal methamphetamine and cocaine was located. Officers seized over 680 grams of meth and several firearms.

Undersheriff Jason Bingaman said, “holding those accountable for the illicit sales of meth and fentanyl continues to be the focus of the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Office and this is just another example of those efforts.”