Meth and marijuana found inside Cass County home


The fight against methamphetamine continues in Cass County.

Friday morning, the Cass County Drug Enforcement Team arrested 34-year-old Joanna Kerry and 31-year-old Ryan Deweerd on charges of manufacturing and possessing meth.

Michigan Department of Human Services took a young child from the home.

Police searched a house in the 100 block of North O’Keefe.

They found four one pot meth labs, methamphetamine, marijuana, and a rifle.

Neighbors on the block said meth arrests are not common in the quiet Village of Cassopolis.

“Vandalia and Dowagiac I know have a lot of that activity but not to think about it right here at home,” Courtney White explained.

Deweerd appeared before Cass County Judge Stacey Rentfrow through video arraignment Friday afternoon.

Visibly restless and overwhelmed, he answered her questions.

Deweerd is now facing a felony, due to a previous 2005 meth possession charge.

If convicted, he could spend 40 years in prison.

Neighbors hope police continue to find and arrest meth manufacturers in the area.

“I have children. And I don’t think it’s very safe or thoughtful of people to do that when you have children around,” White said.

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