Local briefing

UPSET, police officers join efforts

MARQUETTE — On Thursday, detectives from the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team, or UPSET, along with uniformed officers from Ishpeming Police Department, Marquette County Sheriff’s Department and Michigan State Police joined efforts to increase patrol activity in Ishpeming, according to a press release issued Thursday by UPSET.

The operation was organized by the Ishpeming Police Department and UPSET due to an increase of tips relating to drug activity in the area. As a result of these patrols, officers cited and arrested multiple suspects for various traffic and drug related offenses, the release states. A brief description of the activity is listed as follows:

–Ishpeming police officers conducted a traffic stop and arrested an 18-year-old male on an outstanding felony warrant for delivery of meth. The charges were the result of an investigation by UPSET earlier this year.

–Ishpeming police officers conducted a traffic stop and arrested a 23-year-old male for two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

–Michigan State Police K-9 unit observed a suspicious person that fled into the woods when approached by police. UPSET detectives and troopers walked back to the area where the suspect was last seen and seized components related to the manufacturing of meth. Detectives removed a hazardous material. The suspect was not located and the investigation is ongoing.

–Michigan State Police troopers arrested a 30-year-old male for a misdemeanor warrant related to a traffic violation.

–Michigan State Police troopers were dispatched to a one car rollover accident. The driver received minor injuries did not seek medical treatment.

–Marquette County Sheriff deputies conducted a traffic stop and cited a suspect for driving with a suspended license.

There were numerous other traffic stops by all agencies that resulted in the evidence of drug abuse and sales.

According to UPSET commander Tim Sholander, names of all suspects that were arrested or cited are being withheld pending arraignment. No additional information on the arrests or traffics stops are being released at this time

Ishpeming Police Department, Marquette County Sheriff’s Department, Michigan State Police K-9 Unit, Michigan State Police Hometown Security Team and UPSET all partnered in this enforcement operation.

UPSET urges anyone who has information regarding illegal drugs in the community to call them or leave an anonymous tip at www.upsetdrugs.com.