Man arraigned on charges related to drugs, stolen firearm possession

ESCANABA — A 41-year-old man from Escanaba has been arraigned on several drug-related charges and a charge of receiving and concealing a stolen firearm.

Detectives from the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team were investigating the distribution of drugs, including crystal methamphetamine, out of a house in Escanaba, UPSET reported. The investigation led to a search warrant being served at the suspect’s residence on Wednesday.

The search and investigation led to the discovery and seizure of around 34 grams of suspected crystal methamphetamine; a small amount of heroin/fentanyl; electronic devices, including a digital scale; $3,662 in cash; and a loaded handgun that had been reported stolen, police said.

The suspect, Jimmy Pethers, was lodged in the Delta County Jail on these charges: possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a drug house, and receiving and concealing a stolen firearm.

Pethers was arraigned on Thursday in the 94th District Court in Escanaba.

His bond was set at $175,000 cash.

UPSET was assisted by the Michigan State Police Hometown Security Teams, Delta County Sheriff’s Office and Escanaba Public Safety.

Anyone with drug-related tips or information is encouraged to contact UPSET at 906-228-1002 or upsetdrugs.com.


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