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Verdict awaited in alleged meth lab explosion case

May 3, 2012
By JACKIE STARK - Journal Staff Writer (jstark@miningjournal.net) , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - The jury is out in the trial of one man charged with a crime in relation to a Dec. 1 methamphetamine lab explosion that left another man severely burned.

Aaron Armatti, 38, owner of the Elm Street residence in Gwinn where the alleged incident occurred, is charged with one count of conspiracy to provide a dwelling for the purpose of manufacturing methamphetamine, a 20-year felony.

The jury began its deliberations Wednesday afternoon after a day and a half of testimony and was unable to come to a decision by the end of the day.

The jury will resume its discussion at 8:30 this morning.

The alleged incident in Gwinn involved the manufacture of meth using a "one-pot" cook method in which all the ingredients are combined in one bottle - typically a plastic beverage bottle - and mixed together.

Police officers testifying during the trial said this method has become the one of choice among meth-makers as it is easily transportable and much quicker than the old method, which required an extensive lab set-up. Police said someone using the one-pot method could make a batch of the drug in just 45 minutes.

However, the one-pot method is also extremely dangerous, as the ingredients, when mixed together, become highly volatile and can explode at any moment.

Jackie Stark can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242.

 
 

 

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