Meth bust

Cleanup closes Marquette street for 5 hours

With some wearing Hazmat suits, officers from the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team and other agencies work on clean up along West Fair Avenue in Marquette Friday. In executing a search warrant, officers found what they’re calling “vast” amount of meth making materials and shut down a portion of the avenue for clean up. (Journal photo by Renee Prusi)

MARQUETTE — A portion of West Fair Avenue in Marquette was shut down for about five hours Friday afternoon while police executed a search warrant at a house along that avenue, according to an Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team news release.

“UPSET obtained information that meth-related components and firearms were located at this residence,” said Michigan State Police Detective Lt. Timothy L. Sholander, UPSET team commander. “We secured a search warrant and arrested two people in the house.”

The UPSET team arrested a 38-year-old male and 27-year-old male for charges related to manufacturing methamphetamine. Names are not being released pending arraignment, and both men are lodged at the Marquette County Jail.

The news release said detectives seized “an overwhelming amount of meth components, finished meth product, and two firearms at the residence.”

It was because of the “vast amount of hazardous materials located in the residence” that West Fair Avenue between Woodland Avenue and Woodridge Avenue was blocked for safety reasons.

Police redirected traffic in that area for about five hours while the hazardous materials were removed from the residence.

“I am not sure at this time what the charges will be,” Sholander said while at the scene.

Assisting at the scene were the Marquette police, fire and public works departments, and the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office and rescue unit.

The investigation is ongoing and no further details are being released at this time, Sholander said.

The news release also asks for the public’s assistance: “Do you have information about illegal drugs in your community? Contact UPSET at 906-228-1002 or leave an anonymous tip on our website at www.upsetdrugs.com.”

Renee Prusi can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 240. Her email address is rprusi@miningjournal.net.

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