Lawsuit: Homebuyer not told about meth lab

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — After two years of living in her first home, a 27-year-old Grand Rapids woman found out it had contained a meth lab and was contaminated at levels 50 times over what is considered safe.

That's according to a lawsuit filed in Kent County Circuit Court. The suit goes on to claim that the home's former owner and the real estate agent who sold it not only failed to disclose the information about the meth lab to the buyer, but also purposefully concealed it.

"According to our testing guy, who’s going to testify in this case, these are some of the highest numbers he’s ever seen in a meth house — 5,000 percent over the recommended minimum levels by the state," attorney William Howard, who filed the lawsuit about 18 months ago, told 24 Hour News 8 Wednesday.

In 2014, Kaci Brander was looking at the home on Mayfield Avenue NE near Leonard Street with Realtor Don King, a friend of her family. According to nine volumes of files in court, King was also working for the home’s owner Susan Wierenga at the time.

Just 11 days prior, police had raided the house and arrested several occupants, all close relatives of the homeowner. Some of them were eventually sentenced to prison, one for between 20 and 40 years.

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