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Attorney Charged After Police Find Meth Lab At Law Office

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Patrick Burson (Booking Photo)

Patrick Burson (Booking Photo)

WAYLAND (WWJ/AP) - A West Michigan attorney is facing drug-related charges after police say they found a methamphetamine lab at a law office.

State police say 35-year-old Patrick Burson of Wayland turned himself in Wednesday at the Allegan County Sheriff’s Department and was arraigned in 57th District Court. Charges include four counts of operating/maintaining a methamphetamine lab and two counts of possession of methamphetamine.

Police say they found meth labs during searches June 13 at Burson’s law office in Wayland, about 20 miles south of Grand Rapids, as well as at a home in Allegan County’s Otsego Township. They also found about $1,000 in cash.

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Polly Gates – Sherry Cunningham (Booking Photos)

Two women from the Otsego area, 28-year-old Polly Gates and 36-year-old Sherry Cunningham, also are charged in the case.

Burson and Gates could each get 20 years for operating meth labs, while Cunningham faces two years for possession. All three are due back in court on Dec. 6.

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