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Judge: Meth in courthouse serves as warning of drug epidemic

April 28, 2019
In a April 16, 2019 photo, Ionia County Probate Court Judge Robert Sykes Jr., right, updates the Ionia County Board of Commissioners about probate and juvenile court cases during a meeting as Director of Juvenile Services Mark Jewell listens in Ionia, Mich.Sykes says an encounter with methamphetamine inside the courthouse where he works serves as a warning about the extent of the drug epidemic. (Elisabeth Waldon/The Daily News via AP)
In a April 16, 2019 photo, Ionia County Probate Court Judge Robert Sykes Jr., right, updates the Ionia County Board of Commissioners about probate and juvenile court cases during a meeting as Director of Juvenile Services Mark Jewell listens in Ionia, Mich.Sykes says an encounter with methamphetamine inside the courthouse where he works serves as a warning about the extent of the drug epidemic. (Elisabeth Waldon/The Daily News via AP)

IONIA, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan judge says an encounter with methamphetamine inside the courthouse where he works serves as a warning about the extent of the drug epidemic.

The Daily News of Greenville reports Ionia County Probate/Juvenile Court Judge Robert Sykes Jr. recounted his experience this month while giving an update on court matters to Ionia County commissioners.

Sykes says he was presiding over a child removal trial in which the mother was alleged to be a meth addict. He says she the woman went into a courthouse bathroom and apparently left a small bag containing methamphetamine inside.

Someone brought it out and Sykes said it was the first time he’d seen meth in person. He says in many cases he handles the “parents, the partner, sometimes even the children are using it.”

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Information from: The Daily News, http://www.thedailynews.cc/

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