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5 arrested on drug charges

MARQUETTE — Five people were arrested on drug related charges in Escanaba Monday.

Detectives from the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team and officers from Escanaba Department of Public Safety arrested five people for charges related to the use and distribution of crystal meth and prescription pills, a press release from UPSET states.

After a six-month long investigation, that spanned throughout Delta County, Menominee County, Dickinson County and areas in Wisconsin, UPSET detectives arrested Travis Anderson, 34, of Escanaba, and his associates for charges related to the distribution of meth and prescription drugs. Numerous drug related felony warrants were issued for Anderson in November by the Delta County Prosecutor’s Office. The warrants were the result of multiple UPSET cases involving Anderson’s distribution of drugs.

On Monday, UPSET identified a residence in the City of Escanaba that was distributing methamphetamine and was believed to be sheltering Anderson. A search warrant for the residence was obtained and served. Methamphetamine, prescription drugs, scales, electronic devices and U.S. currency were seized.

The warrant resulted in the arrest of Anderson for conspiracy to deliver meth, delivery of meth, delivery of controlled substance (schedule 4); Michael Blumstead, 19, of Gladstone for possession of meth/bond violation; April Harrison, 27, of Escanaba for possession of meth/maintaining a drug house/contraband into correctional facility; Mackenzie Dedominicis, 17, of Rapid River for possession of meth; and Joshua Tellefsen, 26, of Escanaba for bond violation. All subjects were lodged in Delta county Jail and subsequently arraigned in the 94th District Court on Tuesday.

Additional suspects have been identified and other related arrests and charges are pending.

UPSET was assisted by the Michigan State Police Gladstone Post, the Escanaba Department of Public Safety, the Delta County Sheriff’s Department and the Delta County Prosecutor’s Office.