Prosecutors: "Clandestine lab" was a meth lab in the making

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Twenty days after his arrest, a Green Bay man found with a chemical lab in his basement was charged Wednesday with five crimes, including three felonies.

Brown County Sheriff's Office photos of Michael Tracy Anderson in November 2018 and his "Nordic Pride" tattoos in 2012

Michael Anderson, 38, is accused of conspiracy to possess materials for manufacturing methamphetamine, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and intimidating a victim by use or attempt of force in a domestic abuse case.

He's also charged with disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property in a case of domestic abuse as a repeat offender. Both are misdemeanors.

According to the criminal complaint, police found hundreds of chemicals in Anderson's basement bedroom -- one officer called it "an uncountable amount of chemicals."

Although prosecutors say they now know the chemicals were for making meth. However, two of the first chemicals tested were identified as urea nitrate and nitrile ester, which are both used in explosives, and a key ingredient for making meth was missing. But police also recognized equipment and paraphernalia related to drug use and making meth.

Police say all of the chemicals are legally available at local stores.

Brown County Court Commissioner Chad Resar said new information doesn't change the severity of Anderson's actions.

"Saying that these weren't explosives, they were methamphetamine production, I don't know if that really is something that would help Mr. Anderson's case," Resar said.

Anderson continues to be held in lieu of $25,000 bail. He'll continue his court hearing in two weeks.

Prosecutors were granted two extensions to file charges against Anderson, citing the complexity of the investigation and identifying the chemicals. They just finished the criminal complaint Wednesday afternoon.

Anderson was arrested November 15 after his mother called police, saying her son was acting erratically and making threats. She said he threatened to pour acid on police officers.

Police were warned Anderson was a known member of a white supremacist hate group and had knives, swords and a firearm.

Police found what they described as a "clandestine lab" in the basement of the house, where Anderson and his girlfriend had a bedroom. Police said there was a strong chemical smell in the house that only grew stronger as they walked down the stairs. They found open bottles of powder and liquid chemicals, some labeled and some not, and the floor saturated with a clear liquid.

HazMat teams and the Brown/Outagamie county bomb squad both responded.

Anderson's girlfriend, Jennifer Gross, who police say has a chemistry background, is also charged in the case. She was arrested a day after Anderson, when police found her hiding in the basement during their investigation.

These new court documents also revealed when an officer found Gross, it appeared she was overdosing and he called for Narcan. She was concealed under a bar dressed all in black, and the officer wasn't sure whether she was breathing. She had a rubber tie-off band around her left arm and hypodermic needles nearby.



 
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