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.
Meth Lab Dump Sites
Van Buren County and Southwestern Michigan continues to see a big impact of Methamphetamine and the associated clandestine labs. Over the last couple years we have also seen an increase in Heroin and prescription pill sales and use throughout the County.
The Van Buren County Narcotics Division works closely with local police departments and surrounding Counties to address the needs of Cities and Villages that cannot address the drug problem on their own, also combat cross County drug dealing. The Narcotics Division also works closely with Federal Agencies, such as the Drug Enforcement Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigations, and others for cases that warrant Federal prosecution.
The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit, receive numerous calls from 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.
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.
Permanent Medication Collection Boxes
What is it?
Red Med Box is an easy and secure way to dispose of your unused or expired medication. Properly disposing unused and unwanted medications helps to protect the environment. It also helps to protect our community against prescription abuse, addiction, and accidental or intentional overdose.
What NOT to do
- Flush down the toilet
- Pour down the drain
- Throw in the garbage
- Give to another person
What can happen
- Pollution in our Great Lakes
- Adverse affects on wildlife
- Contaminated water supplies
- Prescription drug abuse
- Theft from home or trash
Red Med Box will accept
- Expired and unused medications
- Over the Counter medications
- Antibiotics, steroids
- Cold and flu medications
- Vitamins and herbal supplements
- Medication samples
- Pet Medications
- Medicated ointment, lotions, drops
- Unopened Epi-Pens
- Liquid medications
Red Med Box will NOT accept
- Needles, lancets, syringes
- IV bags
- Bloody or infectious waste
- Hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, etc
- Business waste
- Empty containers
- Personal care products
- Used Epi-Pens
- Aerosol cans
- Electronic devices; diabetes testers, etc
What happens to medications when dropped in the Red Med Boxes?
The meds are picked up by the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office Narcotic’s Unit to be destroyed
Red Med Boxes Locations
► Home Town Bangor Pharmacy, 3 W. Monroe Street, Bangor MI. (269) 427-7706, Monday-Friday 8:30-6:30 p.m., closed Sunday.
► Gobles Pharmacy, 206 S. State Street, Gobles MI. (269) 628-2650, Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., closed Sundays.
► Hartford Police Department / City Hall, 19 W. Main Street, Hartford MI.
(269) 621-3225 or City Hall (269) 621-2477, Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
► Lawton Pharmacy, 350 N. Main Street, Lawton MI. (269) 624-2231, Monday-Friday 9:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., closed Sundays.
► Medicine Tree Pharmacy, 56109 Village Center Circle, Mattawan MI,
(269) 668-6801. Open regular business hours.
► Bronson/Lakeview Pharmacy, 52375 Main Street, Mattawan MI. (269) 668-6205. Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
► Hill’s Prescription Shop, 404 Hazen Street, Paw Paw MI, (269) 657-4701.
Open regular business hours.
► Value Drug, 08337 M-140 Hwy, South Haven MI. (269) 637-3222.
► Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office, 205 S. Kalamazoo Street, Paw Paw MI
(269) 657-2006. Open 24-7.
Mark McCulfor, D/Lt.
Narcotics Investigative Division
Van Buren County Sheriff's Office
205 South Kalamazoo Street
Paw Paw, MI 49079
Phone: 269-657-8200 Ext. 3402