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2 arrested for drug distribution

BARAGA — Two Baraga County individuals were arrested for the distribution of prescription pills, cocaine and crystal meth following the investigation of the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team.

After a four-month investigation, detectives from UPSET and troopers from the Michigan State Police Calumet Post arrested two people on U.S. 41 just south of L’Anse. Detectives determined both suspects were in a vehicle traveling north on U.S. 41 when the driver lost control of the vehicle due to icy road conditions. The vehicle was located by UPSET detectives in the ditch along the highway. Both the driver and passenger were not injured and there was no damage to the vehicle. Detectives identified the driver and passenger in the vehicle as the suspects involved in their ongoing investigation. Both suspects were arrested without incident and numerous prescription pills were seized during the time of their arrest.

Detectives also executed a search warrant at the suspects’ residence on Zeba Road and seized about 10 grams of crystal meth, numerous prescription pills and evidence of drug distribution.

Both suspects were lodged at the Baraga County Jail on charges related to the distribution of crystal meth, prescription pills and cocaine. One suspect is currently on federal probation for prior drug and weapons charges.

The names of the suspects are being withheld pending their arraignment. The investigation remains ongoing.

UPSET was assisted by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Police, Baraga County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit and Michigan State Police Calumet Post.