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Mushroom hunting in Van Buren Co. reveals meth lab

(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A person hunting for morel mushrooms in the woods Friday found a dangerous surprise in Van Buren County.

On Wednesday, a passerby on the Kal-Haven Trail near 27th Street in Van Buren County came across a black backpack.

Deputies say the bag contained an active meth lab, as well as other items used to cook meth.

While deputies were disposing of the hazardous materials, they noticed a suspicious man carrying a bag.

The 23-year-old Gobles man admitted the bag containing the meth lab was his, and said he made meth in Van Buren and Kalamazoo Counties.

The suspect is now behind bars, facing a charge of operating and maintaining a meth lab.