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Heroin possesion suspects arraigned

July 10, 2012
By JOHN PEPIN - Journal Staff Writer ( , The Mining Journal

MUNISING - Two downstate residents were arraigned Monday in Alger County District Court after being arrested July 4 at a state rest area east of AuTrain for alleged possession of heroin.

Jon Wagner Saarinen, 47, of Walled Lake and Lyndsay Rae Hendricks, 27, of Farmington Hills were each arraigned on one count of possession of heroin, less than 25 grams, which is punishable by up to four years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

Saarinen was also charged with carrying a concealed weapon, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $2,500 fine.

Both are being held in the Alger County Jail in Munising on a $25,000 cash or surety bond. A preliminary examination has been scheduled for 2:15 p.m. July 17.

At 6:45 p.m. July 4, deputies from the Alger County Sheriff's Department received a complaint of a driver possibly operating a vehicle while intoxicated. The driver was reported to be at the state rest area along the north side of M-28, which is situated across from Scott Falls.

At the scene, police were provided of a description of the male and female occupants, who had exited the vehicle.

Deputies located the two and talked with them. Police said they both appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance.

Both of the suspects were arrested for possession of heroin. Police said they searched the vehicle and allegedly found more heroin, syringes and a handgun.

The rest area is located in AuTrain Township.

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.



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