Two men charged with operating a meth lab in Clare County

Mark Caplan and Samuel Polen were charged with multiple counts related to operating a meth lab in Clare County.

CLARE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Two men were arraigned on meth lab charges in Clare County.

A Clare County Sheriff's Deputy responded to a call at 3:20 a.m. Saturday that a vehicle was sitting in an intersection.

The deputy reported a black mercury in the intersection of South Clare Ave and Mannsiding Road in Hatton Township.

When the deputy approached the car he said the two people inside were passed out.

The deputy woke up the driver and 24-year-old Mark Caplan became aggressive until the deputy restrained him.

According to the deputy, the passenger 38-year-old Samuel Polen got out of the car and ran toward the deputy.

Both men were able to be restrained until backup came.

Deputies reported a mobile meth lab was in the car, along with meth-making materials and packaged narcotics.

According to deputies, the car had been taken from a Harrison home without permission.

Caplan was charged with possession of methamphetamine, use of methamphetamine, two counts of operating a meth lab, resist and obstruct, unlawful driving away and fourth-degree habitual offender.

Polen was charged with second-degree possession of methamphetamine, second-degree use of methamphetamine and two counts of second-degree operating a meth lab.

Bond was set at 10 percent of $120,000 cash for both men.

Caplan and Polen are both still lodged in the Clare County Jail.

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