Five people were arrested on methamphetamine-related charges Wednesday following surveillance of a residence in White Pigeon Township.
Members of the Michigan State Police Southwest Enforcement Team and its Emergency Support Team made five early morning arrests after the group had allegedly produced meth during the night. An informant told police a sniper was guarding the house while meth was being made and was instructed to shoot any law-enforcement official who approached the residence.
Four of the suspects, including the alleged sniper, were arrested in separate vehicles after they left the residence. Three of those four were armed, police said. The fifth suspect was inside the residence and was arrested without incident.
Investigators located meth and meth components, marijuana, six rifles and a handgun. The five were taken to the St. Joseph County Jail.