Burned IM man pleads not guilty to meth lab charges


Staff Writer

IRON MOUNTAIN – An Iron Mountain man arrested in connection with a chemical explosion has pleaded not guilty to manufacture of methamphetamine.

Travis Boone Pearce, 30, appeared for arraignment in Dickinson County Circuit Court on Monday with his attorney Dan Anderson of Iron Mountain.

Anderson said his client would enter a not guilty plea to the charges of operating/maintaining laboratory involving methamphetamine, attempted delivery/manufacture of methamphetamine/ecstasy, and habitual offender, fourth offense notice.

According to the felony complaint, police were contacted by Dickinson County Memorial Hospital in reference to the defendant being treated for injuries suffered in a chemical explosion. Evidence at the scene of the explosion, 724 N. Kimberly Ave., determined a meth lab had failed.

Pearce was treated at a Milwaukee burn center for treatment of third degree burns.

Investigation also revealed that the defendant allegedly purchased pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) at Walmart less than two hours earlier and a tube cutter (used to cut open lithium batteries) at Home Depot shortly after that. Sudafed and a tube cutter along with other known ingredients used to make meth were recovered from the scene.

Judge Richard Celello set a pre-trial conference for March 4 at 10 a.m.

Pearce is lodged in the Dickinson County Correctional Facility.

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