A fingerprint on a water bottle wrapper found in June 2013 with meth-making materials led drug team members to put a watch on a Ludington man.
When he bought medicine containing pseudoephedrine two months later, they knew about it, searched his house and found meth-making materials, police testified on Wednesday in 51st Circuit Court.
Jason Patterson, 30, of Ludington, is charged with attempting to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of meth-making components.
His trial got under way Wednesday with jury selection and will continue today in front of Judge Richard Cooper.
Police officers spent the day Wednesday outlining the evidence against Patterson in the case, including the presence of empty starting fluid cans, strips of lithium taken from batteries and white gas.
Michigan State Police Det. Lt. Andy Fias explained how meth is manufactured under questioning by Mason County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Glenn Jackson III and defense attorney Doug Stevenson.
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