Duo accused of operating methamphetamine lab in Mecosta County

Ronald Raymond Garrison Jr.

Ronald Raymond Garrison Jr.

BIG RAPIDS  — Two people were arraigned Tuesday on multiple drug offenses in Mecosta County, including charges of operating a meth lab.

Ronald Raymond Garrison Jr., 39, of Harrison, and Alicia Marie Bracey, 34, of Saginaw, are each charged with two counts of operating/maintaining a laboratory involving methamphetamine, one count of purchasing/possessing ephedrine/pseudoephedrine to make methamphetamine, one count of possession of a controlled substance containing morphine — less than 25 grams and one count of use of morphine.

According to court documents, the charges stem from incidents on May 26, in Mecosta County’s Martiny Township.

The arrests were a result of an investigation by the Central Michigan Enforcement Team.

Alicia Marie Bracey

Alicia Marie Bracey

Operating/maintaining a laboratory involving methamphetamine is a felony charge with a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. However, if convicted, both Garrison and Bracey face increased penalties because of prior convictions.

Garrison was previously convicted of resisting/obstructing an officer, while Bracey has a possession of marijuana charge.

Preliminary examinations for Garrison and Bracey are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13, in Mecosta County’s 77th District Court. Bond is set for $150,000 for Garrison and $150,000 for Bracey.

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Posted by Emily Grove

Emily is the Pioneer and Herald Review crime and court reporter, covering crime in both Mecosta and Osceola counties. She can be reached by e-mail at emily@pioneergroup.com or by phone at (231) 592-8362.

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