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February 19, 2014

HUNT AND SANE JOINTLY INVESTIGATE HEROIN TRAFFICKING

A joint investigation between the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team (HUNT) and Straits Area Narcotics Enforcement (SANE) led to the search of a motel room in the city of Gaylord by SANE detectives on the morning of February 19, 2014.  The search revealed a significant amount of suspected heroin packaged in a manner that is consistent with the street level sale of the drug.

A 26 year old female resident of Gaylord was arrested at the scene and lodged in the Alpena County Jail for Conspiracy to Deliver Heroin.  The female will face additional charges in Otsego County as a result of the investigation on this date.

The investigation was originated approximately one week ago in Alpena by HUNT when detectives revealed a connection between heroin sources in Alpena and Gaylord.  HUNT has arrested four additional subjects as a result of the investigation and more arrests are anticipated in both Alpena and Gaylord.

SANE was assisted on this date by the Gaylord Police Department, Michigan State Police, and the Department of Human Services.
February 13, 2014

ALPENA MAN ARRESTED ON METHAMPHETAMINE AND HEROIN CHARGES

On February 12, 2014, HUNT detectives learned that two suspects were travelling to different stores in Alpena in order to purchase precursor items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.  Detectives were then able to conduct surveillance and observe the suspects purchase components used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.  During the early morning hours of February 13, 2014, HUNT detectives executed search warrants at two separate residences in the city of Alpena.  During the execution of the search warrants detectives located and seized evidence of methamphetamine production, as well as quantities of heroin, marijuana, prescription narcotics, and a firearm.

One suspect was arrested and lodged in the Alpena County Jail on charges issued by the Alpena County Prosecutor's office of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of heroin, and habitual offender, fourth offense.  Additional arrests and charges are expected.  HUNT was assisted at the scene by the Alpena Police Department and the Michigan State Police.
February 12, 2014

HUNT PROVIDES PRESCRIPTION DIVERSION TRAINING

On February 12, 2014, the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team provided training to local physicians, dentists, and pharmacists in order to help them recognize and combat doctor shopping by patients who attempt to obtain prescription narcotics that will be later abused or sold illegally.

According to HUNT Commander D/Lt. Frank Keck, "The illegal use and sales of prescription narcotics have skyrocketed in the past decade.  At one time, prescription narcotics abuse and overdoses, prescription narcotics sales, and doctor shopping cases were only approximately 10% of our case load.  Now those same cases are approximately 60-70% of our case load.  Some people are under the impression that because they have doctor prescribed medications they are safe to use in excess, which is a dangerous belief.  Combine that belief with the illegal sales of prescription narcotics, which are going to people who have no idea how they will react to a particular narcotic, and the result can be deadly.  HUNT is happy to provide this type of training and work with local physicians and pharmacies in an attempt to stop the sales and abuse of prescription narcotics." 

If any agency is interested in receiving this or similar training, please contact HUNT at (989) 356-3395.
February 11, 2014

LEWISTON MAN ARRESTED FOR DELIVERY OF NARCOTICS

On February 11, 2014, detectives from the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team arrested and lodged a 28 year old Lewiston man on a number of narcotics delivery charges after the conclusion of an 8 month investigation.  During the investigation HUNT detectives made a number of controlled purchases of heroin and prescription narcotics from the suspect, and were also able to identify the source of the heroin through money transfers to a second suspect who resides downstate.

The Lewiston suspect was lodged in the Montmorency County Jail on two counts of delivery of heroin, one count delivery of morphine, and one count delivery of Vicodin that were issued by the Montmorency County Prosecutor's office.
January 7, 2014

HUNT DISMANTLES MARIJUANA GROWING OPERATION

On January 7, 2014, acting on information received from the Alpena Police Department, detectives from the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team prepared and executed a search warrant at a Ford Street address on the north side of Alpena.

During the execution of the search warrant HUNT detectives located two separate marijuana grow rooms inside the residence.  HUNT detectives located and seized numerous marijuana plants that were being grown within the residence, a large amount of processed marijuana, and a firearm.

Detectives will be seeking charges for Manufacturing Marijuana and Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana.  Both charges are felonies punishable by up to 4 years in prison.  HUNT was assisted at the scene of the search warrant by officers from the Alpena Police Department.
 
December 18, 2013

ALPENA WOMAN ARRESTED FOR MANUFACTURING SYNTHETIC DRUGS

The Huron Undercover Narcotics Team has arrested an Alpena woman on multiple charges issued by the Alpena County Prosecutor, stemming from an investigation involving synthetic narcotics, weapons, and marijuana that took place at her Alpena residence on December 10, 2013.

On December 18, 2013, Nancy Marie Frary, a 36 year old Alpena female, was arraigned on charges of Possession with Intent to Deliver AM-2201, Possession with Intent to Deliver Methylone, Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana, Manufacturing AM-2201 in the Presence of a Minor, Manufacturing AM-2201 While Possessing a Firearm, and Possessing a Pistol at the time While Committing a Felony, all felonies that carry a range of up to 25 years imprisonment if convicted.

On December 10, 2013, while working in conjunction with Alpena DHS, HUNT detectives conducted a search at Frary's residence after receiving information that she was using and selling synthetic marijuana (K-2) and MDMA (aka Molly or Ecstasy).  It was also alleged that these activities were taking place in the presence of several children aged 9 and under.

During the search HUNT detectives located large amounts of synthetic marijuana, amounts of AM-2201 (which is a chemical component used in producing synthetic marijuana), Methylone (which is known as MDMA or Molly), marijuana, an unregistered firearm, and components used in conjunction with the AM-2201 in the manufacturing of synthetic marijuana.

According to HUNT Commander D/Lt. Frank Keck, "Basically Frary was maintaining a lab at her residence with her children present.  She was manufacturing synthetic marijuana using the AM-2201 we located and seized, and then selling it from her house.  Frary was also in possession of and selling marijuana and MDMA from her residence.  In addition, we located and seized an illegally owned and unregistered firearm that was actually located in the children's bedroom with a large quantity of the narcotics which the children had direct access to.  Luckily, as a result of this investigation an emergency hearing was held and the children were removed from the residence and placed in foster care."

December 5, 2013

HUNT LOCATES WANTED FUGITIVE

On December 5, 2013, detectives from the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team located and arrested a former Alpena man on a large number of outstanding warrants.

On December 3, 2013, via an anonymous tip, HUNT detectives received information that Jasson Allen Carrey, 33, formerly of Alpena was enroute from Pennsylvania back to Alpena and began actively searching for him.  Carey had fled the state in 2005 due to a number of pending charges in Alpena, Presque Isle, and Iosco Counties.  The original charges included Assault and Battery, Disorderly Conduct, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Retail Fraud, Stolen Property, Driving while License Suspended, and numerous others.  On December 5, 2013, HUNT detectives gathered enough information on Carrey's possible whereabouts within the city of Alpena, and searched and Alfred Street residence.  Carey was located inside the residence and taken into custody on 20 outstanding warrants.  Carey was lodged in the Alpena County Jail.

HUNT encourages those who suspect illegal narcotics activity to contact the HUNT team at 1-800-573-DRUG or on the web at www.huntteam.net.
November 26, 2013

WEAPONS VIOLATORS ARRESTED

On November 26, 2013, Stuart Walter Feldman, 59, formerly of Millersburg, Michigan was arraigned in the 89th District Court in Presque Isle County, after being arrested on weapons charges issued by the Presque Isle County Prosecutor's Office.  Those charges included Possessing a Dangerous Weapon and Purchasing a Pistol Without a License.

The arrest of Feldman helps in moving toward a conclusion of an investigation conducted by the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team that began in early 2013.  In January of 2013, HUNT detectives received a tip from the Michigan State Police Post regarding a Presque Isle County woman who was a convicted felon, and who had conducted a "Straw Purchase" of a pistol from a local sporting goods store.  Prior to purchasing the firearm the Presque Isle County woman had traveled to Cheboygan County where she falsified documents using a previous name that did not show any felony convictions.  By using the previous name and falsifying documents, the woman (Sharon Leigh Goguen) was able to obtain a purchase permit from Cheboygan County, which she later presented to the sporting goods store where the gun was purchased.  Gougeon purchased the pistol, registered it in Cheboygan County, and then gave the pistol to her boyfriend, who was unable to purchase firearms in Michigan.

On January 15, 2013, with the assistance of the Presque Isle County Sheriff Department and the ATF, HUNT detectives executed a search warrant at the couples' residence in Presque Isle County.  While executing the search warrant detectives discovered a hand grenade hidden within the residence, the handgun purchased through the "Straw Purchase," a second unregistered handgun, and three improperly registered handguns.  The grenade was removed by the Michigan State Police Bomb Squad and examined by the Michigan State Police Crime Lab.  The grenade was found to contain CS gas, which is capable of rendering a person either temporarily or permanently disabled by the ejection or release of the gas.

Possession of a dangerous weapon (Gas ejecting device) is a felony punishable by up to 5 years and/or a $2,500.00 fine.  Purchasing a pistol without a license is a 90 day misdemeanor and/or a $100.00 fine.  Both charges also require the mandatory forfeiture of the weapon or device.

According to HUNT Commander D/Lt. Keck, "this is a great example of multiple agencies working together in order to identify people, in this case a convicted felon, who are involved in lying and the falsifying of documents in order to purchase weapons.  With the help of the other law enforcement agencies, and the sporting goods store owners, we were able to locate and seize multiple illegal weapons from a residence in our community."

The Cheboygan County Prosecutor's office has also issued a felony warrant for Sharon Leigh Goguen for a false application to purchase a firearm.  Goguen is believed to have fled the state prior to the warrant being issued.  HUNT is asking for assistance in locating Goguen and asks that anyone who has information on her location contact HUNT at 800-573-DRUG or on the web at www.huntteam.net.
September 4, 2013

FOUR MORE ARRESTED FOR PRODUCTION AND/OR DISTRIBUTION OF METHAMPHETAMINE

Following a 7 month investigation, the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team has arrested and lodged four more individuals from Alpena County for their roles in the manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine in the Hubbard Lake and Ossineke area.

HUNT detectives began the investigation in February of 2013 after identifying several area residents as possibly being involved in the manufacturing, sales, and use of methamphetamine.  The investigation culminated last week when HUNT detectives arrested the four suspects after the Alpena County Prosecutor's office issued multiple felony warrants for each individual.

The following individuals have been arrested and lodged in the Alpena County Jail:

-William Franklin-Shan Beard, age 38, was arrested on a five (5) count felony warrant for Conspiracy to Deliver/Manufacture Methamphetamine, 2 counts of Delivery/Manufacture Methamphetamine, and 2 counts of Operating/Maintaining a Laboratory involving Methamphetamine, all of which are punishable by up to 20 years and/or fines of up to $25,000.00.  Beard was also charged as a habitual offender which carries a penalty of up to life in prison.

-Monica Lynn Torz, age 39, was arrested on a four (4) count felony warrant that included Conspiracy to Deliver/Manufacture Methamphetamine, and 3 counts of Operating/Maintaining a Laboratory involving Methamphetamine, all of which are punishable by up to 20 years and/or fines of up to $25,000.00.

-Amy Rams Bowen, age 46, was arrested on a three (3) count felony warrant that included Conspiracy to Deliver/Manufacture Methamphetamine, and 2 counts of Operating/Maintaining a Laboratory involving Methamphetamine, all of which are punishable by up to 20 years and/or fines of up to $25,000.00.

-Thomas William Mendenhall, age 44, was arrested on a three (3) count felony warrant for Conspiracy to Deliver/Manufacture Methamphetamine, Operating/Maintaining a Laboratory involving Methamphetamine, and Delivery of Marijuana.  Each methamphetamine charge is punishable by up to 20 years and fines of up to $25,000.00, and the marijuana charge is punishable by up to 4 years and/or fines up to $20,000.00.

According to HUNT Commander D/Lt. Frank Keck, "this recent round of arrests once again shows the influx of methamphetamine in our community.  It also shows the community the commitment of HUNT and the Alpena County Prosecutor's office to combat this issue.  We are not going to stand by and watch our community be overtaken by such a dangerous and destructive drug.  We all stand to lose a lot if a narcotic such as methamphetamine gets a stronghold in our community, and we will fight hard to keep that from happening."
August 9, 2013

FIVE ARRESTED ON METH CHARGES

The Huron Undercover Narcotics Team (HUNT) and Michigan State Police 3rd District Fugitive Team have arrested five people over the last week in connection with methamphetamine production and use in the Hubbard Lake area.  The latest arrests came after the Alpena County Prosecutor's office reviewed the case and issued multiple warrants stemming from a June, 2013 investigation, in which HUNT executed two search warrants in Hubbard Lake after receiving information from an Alpena County Deputy regarding methamphetamine production.

During the search warrant execution HUNT detectives located multiple precursors, components, and containers all used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine at each residence.  HUNT detectives also located remnants of several "One Pot" methamphetamine cooks at one of the residences.  The following individuals have been arrested and lodged in the Alpena County Jail:

-Jason Robert Brower, age 32, was arrested on a 3 count felony warrant for Conspiracy to Deliver/Manufacture Methamphetamine, Deliver/Manufacture Methamphetamine, and Operating/Maintaining a Laboratory Involving Methamphetamine, all of which are punishable by up to 20 years and/or fines of $10,000.00 and $25,000.00.

-Gary Allen Brower, age 34, was arrested on a 4 count felony warrant that included Manufacture Methamphetamine, Delivery of Methamphetamine, and Operating/Maintaining a Laboratory Involving Methamphetamine, all of which are punishable by up to 20 years and/or fines of $25,000.00 and 1 count of Assaulting/Resisting/Obstructing a Police Officer, which is punishable by up to 2 years and/or fines of $2,000.00.

-Archal Allis Brower, III, age 36, was arrested on a 5 count felony warrant that included 2 counts of Delivery/Manufacture Methamphetamine, 2 counts of Operating/Maintaining a Laboratory involving Methamphetamine, and 1 count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm.  All of the narcotics charges are punishable by up to 20 years and/or fines of up to $25,000.00, and the firearms chargs is punishable by up to 5 years and/or fines of up to $5,000.00.

-A 30 year old Hubbard Lake female was arrested on a 2 count felony warrant for Conspiracy to Deliver/Manufacture Methamphetamine and Manufacturing Methamphetamine, each punishable by up to 20 years and fines of up to $10,000.00 and $25,000.00

-A 29 year old Barton City fremale was arrested on a 2 count felony warrant for Conspiracy to Deliver/Manufacture Methamphetamine and Operating/Maintaining a Laboratory involving Methamphetamine.

The names of the females are being withheld pending their arraignment in the 88th District Court.  Both Jason Brower and Gary Brower were located and arrested in Midland by the Michigan State Police 3rd District Fugitive Team after having left the area after the exeuction of the search warrants in June of 2013.

According to HUNT Commander D/Lt. Frank Keck, "The arrests of these individuals have gone a long way in combating methamphetamine production in the Hubbard Lake area, but as this investigation continues I fully expect additional arrests in the future, as other suspects are currently being developed."
JuLY 15, 2013

ABSCONDER ARRESTED

On July 15, 2013, detectives from the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team (HUNT) located and arrested Amber Kaye Lockwood on a felony absconding warrant issued out of the 26th Circuit Court in Alpena.

Lockwood, who HUNT had previously arrested in March of 2013 during a methamphetamine manufacturing investigation, had been sentenced on those charges and failed to show up to begin serving her sentence at the Alpena County Jail.  The original invesitigation took place on U.S. 23 South in Sanborn Township, and resulted in search warrants being executed at two separate residences with multiple people being arrested on methamphetamine manufacturing charges.

HUNT detectives began actively searching for Lockwood after she failed to turn herself in and had received information that she was actively attempting to avoid capture by law enforcement.

On July 15, 2013, while searching for Lockwood, HUNT detectives observed her as a passenger in a vehicle travelling on M-32.  After watching the vehicle stop at a local business, HUNT detectives made contact with Lockwood and took her into custody without incident.

Lockwood was lodged in the Alpena County Jail to complete serving her sentence from the original methamphetamine charges and for the new charge of felony absconding.  Absconding or Forfeiting Bond is a felony punishable by up to 4 years and/or a $5,000.00 fine.

June 24, 2013

TWO METH LABS DISMANTLED IN HUBBARD LAKE

On June 23, 2013, detectives from the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team conducted search warrants at two separate Hubbard Lake residences after deputies from the Alpena County Sheriff Department received information regarding a possible methamphetamine lab.

Deputies from the Alpena County Sheriff Department were investigating an unrelated complaint at one of the Hubbard Lake residences when they received information regarding methamphetamine being manufactured at that residence.  Deputies contacted HUNT detectives who responded to the scene, and ultimately executed a search warrant at that residence as well as a second nearby residence which was already under investigation by HUNT detectives for manufacturing methamphetamine.

During the execution of both search warrants, detectives found multiple precursors, components, and containers all used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine at each residence.  Detectives also located the remnants of several "one-pot" cooks at one of the residences.

During the execution of the search warrant at the second residence, HUNT detectives arrested one of the suspects who had arrived at the scene and was caught trying to break into the back of the residence to remove evidence.  The suspect was transported from the scene by Alpena County deputies and lodged in the Alpena County Jail on resisting and obstructing charges.

HUNT was assisted at both scenes by deputies from the Alpena County Sheriff Department, the Straights Area Narcotics Team (SANE), and the Michigan State Police, Alpena Post.

According to D/Lt. Frank Keck, "Once again we are seeing methamphetamine being manufactured within our community.  This was another great example of the officers that are working the road recognizing the components used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine, contacting us (HUNT), and the result being multiple meth labs discovered and shut down."

Multiple suspects were developed as a result of this investigation and HUNT expects several arrests to be made in the near future.  Manufacturing methamphetamine is a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison, and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine is a felony punishable by up to 7 years in prison.
May 10, 2013

HUNT RESPONDS TO METH DUMP SITE IN THE CITY OF ALPENA

On May 9, 2013, the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team responded to a methamphetamine dump site along Chisholm Street near the HPC Credit Union after a concerned citizen called 911 to report some suspicious items along the river bank.

Alpena Central dispatch dispatched an officer from the Alpena Police Department to investigate the found items.  After arriving on scene and viewing the found items, the APD officer recognized some of the items as possibly having been used to manufacture methamphetamine and contacted HUNT to further evaluate the scene.  HUNT detectives arrived on scene and confirmed that the items had been used to manufacture methamphetamine, with the by-products and components being dumped along the river bank.  Due to the hazardous nature of the components once they are combined, methamphetamine responders from both HUNT and the 7th District Methamphetamine Response Team were called to secure and clean up the scene.

It has not yet been determined if the actual cook took place along the river bank where the components were found, or if the suspect(s) only dumped the components and by-products there.  Among the products found were glass and plastic mixing jars, coffee filters, a knife, a plastic bottle which served as a gas generator during the cooking process, plastic tubing and drain cleaner.  It was also apparent that the suspect(s) dumped some of the hazardous liquid by-product onto the ground, where it ran down the riverbank toward the river.

According to HUNT Commander D/Lt. Frank Keck, "This is exactly what we (HUNT) have been seeing at an increasing rate in our communities.  This dump site is a well-traveled area where people walk and fish, and someone still dumped their meth components here, and possibly dumped those toxins into our river system.  The call to 911 by a citizen and the observations made by the APD officer to recognize this as more than just a littering complaint are outstanding, and go a long way toward protecting our community.  HUNT has been providing methamphetamine awareness training for several months to area departments, citizens, and special interest groups throughout our community, and hopefully this is a result of that training."

April 16, 2013

VALIUM AND MARIJUANA DELIVERY AVERTED IN ALCONA COUNTY

On April 11, 2013, detectives from the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team arrested a 59 year-old man in Alcona County for charges of Possession with Intent to Deliver Valium and Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana.

On Thursday, HUNT detectives learned Richard Charles Schermerhorn of Flint was traveling from Flint to deliver a shipment of both prescription pills and narcotics to an individual in Alcona County.  HUNT detectives were able to gather enough information regarding Shermerhorn's route of travel and vehicle information to conduct a traffic stop prior to the illegal narcotics being delivered.  The traffic stop resulted in the seizure of a large amount of Valium pills and an amount of marijuana.

During the investigation detectives further learned that Schermerhorn had travelled from Flint to Alcona County for the sole purpose of delivering illegal narcotics.  HUNT was assisted at the scene by the Michigan State Police Alpena Post K-9 Unit.  Schermerhorn was arraigned in the 81st District Court of Alcona County on charges of Deliver/Manufacture Marijuana, a 4 year felony, and Possession of Analogues (Valium), a 2 year felony.

According to D/Lt. Frank Keck, Commanding Officer of HUNT, "This was a great case and example of the importance of having a narcotics team that can act quickly once a tip is received.  The only reason this man was here was so he could deliver illegal narcotics to Alcona County and make a quick profit.  HUNT was able to react quickly to the tip, confirm its validity, and arrest the individual before those illegal narcotics made it into our community."

March 22, 2013

HUNT BUSTS TWO MORE METH LABS IN ALPENA COUNTY

On March 21, 2013, detectives from the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team (HUNT) executed search warrants at two separate residences on S. US 23 in Sanborn Township, resulting in the arrests of 3 local individuals involved in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Late last week, while investigating an unrelated narcotics case, HUNT detectives learned of two Sanborn Township residents and a third Alpena resident who were alleged to be involved together in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.  HUNT identified the two Sanborn residents as a father and son who resided in the same household, and the Alpena resident as being a female and girlfriend to the younger of the two male suspects.

On March 21, 2013, assisted by troopers from the Michigan State Police Alpena Post, HUNT detectives executed a search warrant at the residence of the father and son.  During the search warrant the father and son, along with the son's girlfriend who was the third suspect, were all located within the residence.  As a result of the search warrant, multiple precursors, components, and containers all used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine were located within the residence.

While executing the first search warrant, contact was made with the next door neighbor, and detectives quickly learned the neighbor was also involved with the original suspects in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.  A second search warrant was obtained and executed at the neighbor's residence and detectives again found multiple precursors, components, and containers all used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

The three suspects whose names are being withheld pending their arraignments, were arrested and lodged in the Alpena County Jail on multiple charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, which is a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison, and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, which is a felony punishable by up to 7 years in prison.  At the time of arrest, one of the suspects who is a registered sex offender, was currently on parole after receiving convictions for criminal sexual conduct 2nd degree and possession of child sexually abusive material.

In addition, several other suspects have been identified and more arrests are expected in the near future.  HUNT detectives were assisted at the scene by troopers from the Michigan State Police Alpena Post, the Sanborn Township Fire Department, and the Michigan State Police 7th District Meth Response Unit.

January 16, 2013

HUNT DISCOVERS ILLEGALLY PURCHASED FIREARM

Acting on a tip received from the Michigan State Police, Alpena post, detectives from the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team conducted an investigation into a Presque Isle County woman who was a convicted felon and conducted a "straw" purchase of a firearm.

The convicted felon, using a name under which she had obtained a Michigan operator's license, had obtained a permit to purchase a firearm (handgun) by providing false information to a local sporting goods store.  The woman then purchased and registered the handgun through Cheboygan County, and gave the firearm to her boyfriend who was unable to purchase handguns in Michigan.

On January 15, 2013, HUNT detectives, with the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, and the Presque Isle County Sheriff Department, executed a search warrant at the Presque Isle County residence.  During the search detectives encountered a grenade hidden within the residence.  The Michigan State Police Bomb Squad responded and removed the device, which is now believed to be an older Smith and Wesson CS grenade.  Further, detectives recovered the "straw" purchased handgun, a second unregistered handgun, and three improperly registered handguns.

Felony charges will be sought on both the male and female suspects in Cheboygan and Presque Isle counties.

 

January 10, 2013

HUNT PROVIDES METH LAB AWARENESS TRAINING TO FIRE DEPARTMENTS

In response to the expanding roles expected of multi-jurisdictional teams throughout Michigan, detectives from the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team met with members of the Hubbard Lake and Sanborn Township Fire Departments on January 8, 2013 to provide training and education for responding to methamphetamine labs.

During the training provided by HUNT, fire department members were shown the different components, chemicals, materials, and types of methamphetamine labs that emergency personnel may encounter inside and outside a residence when responding to reported fires or medical emergencies.  In addition to discussing fire fighters' roles at the scene of a methamphetamine lab, detectives also provided information detailing the short term and long term health side effects of using methamphetamine that first responders may encounter on emergency medical calls.

According to HUNT Commander D/Lt. Frank Keck, "The training we are providing is important to our emergency responders.  A lot of the training regarding methamphetamine labs provided to our first responders and firemen was given several years ago.  Since that time the process and some of the components for producing methamphetamine has changed drastically.  The labs have also become more mobile."

"As we are asked to expand our role, we want other agencies in and around our multi-county operating area to know that we are willing to provide this training.  It's important to educate, assist, and provide safer operating conditions for anyone who may be encountering this type of situation" Keck stated.

D/Lt. Keck encourages local agencies who are interested in this or a similar type of program to contact the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team at 800-573-DRUG.  The training is not limited to law enforcement or emergency personnel.

 

December 13, 2012

HUNT LOCATES/ARRESTS HOME INVASION SUSPECT

Detectives from the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team were requested by the Michigan State Police, Alpena Post, to assist them in locating a 24 year-old Spruce man wanted on charges of Home Invasion.  The man had been identified as being the third suspect in a home invasion that occurred in Alpena Township on December 7, 2012, in which a 73 year-old woman had been assaulted during the crime.

Detectives were able to locate the man and learn that he was enroute to conduct a narcotics transation in the parking lot of a business in Ossineke.  Upon seeing the man arrive at the business, HUNT detectives, with the assistance of troopers from the Michigan State Police, attempted to place him under arrest.  Upon seeing the detectives and troopers approaching him, the man swallowed the narcotics he was intending to deliver before the officers could reach him.

The man was lodged in the Alpena County Jail on charges of home invasion, first degree, and possession with intent to deliver morphine.

 

December 13, 2012

METHAMPHETAMINE LAB SEIZED IN ALPENA

Detectives from the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team have seized an dismantled a methamphetamine lab located in Alpena, Michigan.  Investigators discovered numerous chemicals and manufacturing components used in the manufacturing of mtethamphetamine at a residence in the city of Alpena.

The seizure was made after the execution of a search warrant at the residence.  The main subject of the investigation, an 18 year-old white male, was currently lodged on unrelated charges.  Further information on the subject is not being released due to the ongoing nature of the investigation and the additional suspects which have been identified.  HUNT was assisted in the search warrant by officers from the Alpena City Police Department.

Detectives are continuing their investigation into the activities and individuals associated with this seizure and are asking anyone with information to call HUNT at 1-800-573-DRUG or the special state wide meth tip line, 1-866-METH-TIP.  Callers may remain anonymous.

 

October 4, 2012

HUNT CONDUCTS ARREST SWEEP

HUNT detectives have just concluded a two week sweep of narcotics arrests in Alpena and Montmorency Counties.  A total of 13 arrests were made during the sweep which concluded Thursday night.  Those suspects were charged with 27 counts ranging from Possession with Intent to Deliver Heroin to Maintaining a Drug House.  The arrests also resulted in additional charges and property seizures.  Additional arrests are expected in the coming weeks.

 

October 2, 2012

NEW COMMANDER OF THE HURON UNDERCOVER NARCOTICS TEAM

Effective September 30, 2012, a new team commander is in place at the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team.  D/Lt. Frank Keck of the Michigan State Police has been promoted to the position.  D/Lt. Keck comes from the Straits Area Narcotics Enforcement Team (SANE) where he has been a detective sergeant for the past two years.  D/Lt. Keck has 18 years of experience in the Michigan State Police, including a sergeant at the Sault Post, an undercover officer on the Traverse Narcotics Team (TNT) and a trooper at the Cadillac Post.

 

October 2, 2012

HUNT RECEIVES ANNUAL BYRNE JUSTICE ASSISTANCE GRANT

The Huron Undercover Narcotics Team received notification that they will receive $87,980 from the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant for the coming year.  This figure is down an approximate 15% from the previous year, a decrease similar to the other task forces across the state.  These grant funds are dedicated to cover a portion of the cost of 2 MSP officers, the administrative assistant, and fleet expenses.

 

September 25, 2012

MARIJUANA GROWING OPERATION DISMANTLED - SUSPECT ARRESTED

An Oscoda man is facing charges for cultivating marijuana on another man's property in Alcona County's Greenbush Township.  On September 25, 2012, HUNT detectives found evidence linking the man to the grow operation.  On Tuesday, 33 year old Dale Alan Dykes was located and arrested a short distance from his home in Oscoda.  Dykes was lodged in the Alcona County Jail and faces one charge of manufacturing marijuana.

Dykes was not registered as a patient or caregiver under Michigan's Medical Marijuana Program, and has prior convictions for narcotics possession.  He faces a maximum sentence of 4 years in prison and up to a $20,000 fine. 

According to HUNT detectives similar incidents have been reported by landowners who have discovererd marijuana plants growing on their property.  Property owners are encouraged to contact law enforcement if they encounter suspicious activity on thier land.  HUNT can be reached at 1-800-573-DRUG, or on the web at www.huntteam.net.

 

September 6, 2012

MARIJUANA GROWING OPERATION DISMANTLED - SUSPECT ARRESTED

A 55 year old Mio man has been arrested by HUNT detectives in connection with a marijuana plot located in Montmorency County.  The marijuana growing operation was discovered in a wooded area north of Hillman in Montmorency Township.  Utilizing special resources, officers were able to identify a suspect, and learned that he lived in nearby Oscoda County.

On September 6, 2012, HUNT detectives enlisted the assistance of the Michigan State Police Mio Detachment and a conservation officer from the DNR Oscoda County Field Office.  The suspect was eventually located a short distance from his home and taken into custody.  Following his arrest, an additional quantity of marijuana was seized from the man's residence.  The suspect is currently lodged in the Montmorency County Jail pending the issuance of a formal arrest warrant.  He faces charges of manufacturing marijuana (20 plants or more, but less than 200), a felony punishable by up to seven years in prison or a fine of not more than $500,000 or both.

 

August 30, 2012

HUNT ARRESTS ALCONA MAN FOR TRAFFICKING IN MARIJUANA


On Thursday, August 30, 2012, Huron Undercover Narcotics Team detectives concluded an investigation that led to the arrest of a 56 year old man from Alcona County for trafficking in marijuana.  A search warrant was executed at the suspect's residence which revealed growing marijuana plants, approximately 1/4 pound of processed marijuana, and several firearms, one of which was loaded.  The suspect, who was lodged in the Alcona County Jail, has prior convictions for Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Second Degree Murder.  The following criminal charges were authorized by the Alcona County Prosecutor's office:  3 counts Delivery of Marijuana, 1 count Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana, 1 count Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and 1 count Maintaining a Drug House.

The man was not registered under the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act, and was therefore not allowed legally to possess, sell, or grow marijuana.  Noting the suspect's criminal past and current string of charges, Alcona County Prosecutor Thomas Weichel stated, "This is exactly the kind of activity and type of offender that we need the HUNT Team to deal with.  They are especially suited to conduct covert surveillance, make undercover purchases of drugs, draft and execute search warrants, and take these kinds of offenders off our streets.  This investigation could not have been done without HUNT, and this suspect would still be free to endanger our community had they not done what we pay them to do.  We need HUNT in Alcona County."

April 20, 2012

INTERSTATE MARIJUANA DISTRIBUTION THWARTED


On April 20, 2012, detectives from the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team arrested a 30 year old Alpena man on charges of conspiracy to possess marijuana with intent to deliver, manufacturing marijuana, maintaining a drug house, and operating under the influence of drugs.

HUNT detectives began a week-long investigation after being contacted by a drug interdiction team from the state of Oregon, who advised that they had intercepted a package containing multiple pounds of marijuana that was intended to be delivered to the Alpena area.  HUNT detectives further learned that the suspect(s) had used a false name on the shipping label, and had actually used the name of an innocent local citizen in an attempt to thwart identification by law enforcement.  HUNT detectives were able to eliminate the local citizen as being involved and were then able to identify the actual suspect.

After arresting the suspect, HUNT executed a serch warrant at the suspect's house and located a marijuana grow room within the residence.  Detectives were also able to establish the identity of the suspect in Oregon who had shipped the marijuana through the mail to the Alpena suspect, which is a violation of federal law.  HUNT detectives are currently assisting Oregon authorities as their investigation continues to develop.  HUNT was assisted on scene by the Alpena Police Department.
March 13, 2012

THREE ARRESTED BY HUNT


On March 12, 2012, detectives from the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team arrested two individuals in the Alpena area on outstanding fugitive warrants, and a third person from Alpena on narcotics related charges.

HUNT detectives were able to locate the first individual, a 38 year old Alpena man, at his residence within the city of Alpena and arrested him on two outstanding warrants.  The man originally attempted to hide from detectives at the residence but was utlimately located, arrested, and lodged in the Alpena County Jail.

In a second incident after receiving information from both the Alpena City Police Department and the Michigan state Police Alpena Post concerning a 26 year old male wanted out of Traverse City, HUNT detectives were able to locate the man at a residence in the township of Alpena.  Detectives had received information that the man was wanted for home invasion, second degree, and after learning of the warrant was attempting to evade arrest by staying with acquaintances in Alpena.  After locating and arresting the suspect he was lodged in the Alpena County Jail.  Home invasion, second degree is a felony and carries a maximum penalty of imprisonment up to 15 years, and a fine of not more than $3,000 or both.

In a third incident, HUNT detectives arrested a 45 year old Alpena resident on possession of marijuana charges that stemmed from investigating a tip involving the possible manufacturing of methamphetamine.  The suspect was taken to the Alpena County Jail without incident where he posted bond and was released.  Possession of marijuana is a one year misdemeanor and a fine of not more than $2,000 or both.
February 3, 2012

PUBLIC AWARENESS OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS

D/Lt. Del Putnam, commander of the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team, makes the following statement in an effort to raise the awareness level of the public on the guildelines surrounding firearm and ammunition possession by persons with medical marijuana standing at the state level.

The U.S. Department of Justice Bureau, particularly the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Agency (ATF) has issued an open letter to all federal firearms licensees notifying them that Federal Law U.S.C. 922(g)(3) prohibits any person who is an "unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance from shipping, transporting, receiving or possessing firearms or ammunition."  Marijuana is listed in the Controlled Substance Act as a Schedule I controlled substance and there are not exceptions in Federal Law for marijuana purportedly used for medicinal purposes, even if such use is sanctioned by State Law.

Therefore, any person who uses or is addicted to marijuana, regardless of whether his or her state has passed legislation authorizing marijuana use for medicinal purposes, in an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance, and is prohibited by Federal Law from possessing fireamrs or ammunition.
September 23, 2011

MEDICAL MARIJUANA GUISE USED TO FACILITATE CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE

The Huron Uncercover Narcotics Team uncovered a statewide criminal enterprise being operated out of Hillman Township, in Montmorency County.  The operator, a 49 year old male from Hillman, utilized two store fronts, one in Gaylord and one in Traverse City, both called Bay Medical Collective.  He set up cooperative initiatives to distribute marijuana to hundreds of individuals across the state which he had no legal authority to do.  This resulted in raising significant amounts of cash which he advised was his primary income that supported his lifestyle.

The Michigan Medical Marijuana Act (MMMA) allows one care giver to provide marijuana for him/herself and 5 other patients in amounts of 2.5 ounces per person for a total of 15 ounces being the maximum amount of marijuana that any one care giver can possess.  The law also allows for a care giver to grow 12 plants for each patient so one care giver could access and possess no more than 72 plants.  The courts have been very clear in recent rulings that any cooperative efforts to grow and/or distribute marijuana are prhibited.

The investigation began when a package of marijuana being mailed to Novi, Michigan by the Hillman resident was intercepted.  There are no provisions that allow for this form of delivery of medical marijuana.  The investigation revealed that the sender had no legal authority to supply that subject marijuana in any manner.  It also revealed that the operator had been sending marijuana throughout the state in this manner to individuals he had no legal authority to supply marijuana to.

The investigation revealed that the operator recruited people to be care givers under himself in a pyramid type structure.  He would then take these other people's care giver cards and distribute marijuana to their "patients."  Several care givers advised that they had never met any of their "patients" nor had they ever supplied them with marijuana, which was solely done by the operator who paid them in either cash or in monthly supplies of marijuana.  It was also discovered that the on-site doctor consultations at the store fronts were being conducted via SKYPE, an on-line computer based meeting.

Extensive indoor grow operations were discovered in Montmorency County and over 100 marijuana plants were seized.  It is believed that numerous other grow sites exist and efforts to locate those continue.

The investigation led to the execution of 3 search warrants.  One at the primary residence of the operator and then search warrants at each of his store fronts.  In all, over 100 marijuana plants were seized, as well as numerous Rice Crispy Treats, Fruity Pebble Treats, Suckers, and Brownies, all laced with THC, as well as bottles of THC drops, several long guns, several thousand dollars in cash, and over a pound of processed marijuana ready for distribution. 

The operator and his associates could face criminal charges of operating a continuing criminal enterprise, a 20 year felony, felony conspiracy, and numerous potential federal criminal charges.  The investigation is ongoing.

HUNT was assisted by the SANE and TNT narcotic teams along with the Gaylord and Traverse City State Police, Gaylord City Police, and the DEA.

September 23, 2011

ILLEGAL MARIJUANA AND PSILOCYBIN MUSHROOM GROWING OPERATIONS SHUT DOWN

The Huron Undercover Narcotics Team conducted several days of aerial search for illegal marijuana growing operations utilizing the Air National Guard helicopter.  These searches resulted in several illegal grow operations being discovered within the four county area. 

One of the grow sites was located in Presque Isle County and yielded numerous marijuana plants that were being grown both indoors and outdoors.  A psilocybin mushroom grow operation was also discovered as a result.  The grow operation was being run by a 30 year old convicted felon and his 28 year old wife.  Located in the residence were several loaded firearms, all of which were seized.  The investigation is ongoing.

A grow site was located in Alcona County that was being run by a 56 year old male who is a convicted sex offender.

The recent aerial investigations resulted in a total of 4 illegal marijuana growing operations being shut down.  Six people are facing potential felony charges for narcotics violations.  HUNT will continue to be vigilant in the investigation of all controlled substance violations and future operations of this nature can be expected.

 

July 13, 2011

METH DEALERS BUSTED BY HUNT - METH LAB SEIZED

On Wednesday, July 13, 2011, HUNT detectives arrested an Alpena man and his wife, both 29 years old, for manufacturing and selling the highly addictive drug, methamphetamine.  The two were arrested at a Washington Avenue residence after two separate undercover purchases of methamphetamine were made from the pair.  On both occasions the couple manufactured the drug prior to selling it to the HUNT agent.  At the time of their arrest, the entire laboratory was found in the trunk of their vehicle parked on Washington.  Transporting a lab in a vehicle is very common, and referred to as a "mobile meth lab."

Cleaning up a methamphetamine laboratory, whether stationary or mobile, costs thousands of dollars and federal DEA funds which had previously covered the entire cost, have been completely cut off, forcing HUNT to pay for this clean-up.  Methamphetamine lab materials and residue are extremely toxic and flammable.  Specialized clean-up crews from down state have to be summoned and police officers have to remain on scene waiting for these crews to arrive.  They also have to remain there while the cleanup is taking place.  Unfortunately, this is an enormous expense at a time when some entities have chosen to completely cut financial funding of HUNT.  This is not the only methamphetamine investigation HUNT has ongoing.  There are others, and there are going to be more arrests for this.  "This drug is the worst of the worst, and now it's here.  We have to meet it head on and we will" D/Sgt. Hahn said.

The couple was lodged in the Alpena County Jail pending formal arrest warrants.  Charges of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine, and delivery of methamphetamine would be sought for both.  Habitual offender status will also be sought for the male suspect, who has multiple convictions for delivery of marijuana, burglary, and larceny.  Each count is punishable by 20 years in prison.

July 12, 2011

TWO ARREST FOR DRUG SALES IN ONAWAY

HUNT detectives executed a search warrant in Onaway, Michigan last night (July 12, 2011), seizing a quantity of marijuana and cash.  According to acting HUNT commander, D/Sgt. Mike Hahn, information was developed by the Rogers City Police Department regarding two Onaway men who were actively selling marijuana from a home on Loden Street.  This information was forwarded to HUNT detectives who initiated an investigation.

Following two separate undercover purchases of marijuana from one of the men, a search warrant was executed.  The owner of the home, a 44 year-old Onaway man, was arrested inside the home.  His alleged accomplice, a 23 year-old man who was being allowed to reside at the residence, and who had allegedly been selling marijuana for the 44 year-old, was not present.  He was quickly located and arrested by Chief James Gibson of the Onaway City Police Department, after a brief search of the area.

Both men were lodged in the Presque Isle County Jail.  Charges of conspiracy to deliver marijuana, delivery of marijuana, and maintaining a drug house will be pursued.

Also assisting HUNT at the search warrant were deputies from the Presque Isle County Sheriff Department.

 

May 12, 2011

HUNT SEIZES 93 MARIJUANA PLANTS FROM SELF PROCLAIMED MEDICAL MARIJUANA GROWER

On Thursday, May 12, 2011, HUNT detectives made an undercover purchase of marijuana from a 34 year old Alpena man, who resides in the 100 block of 11th Avenue, in the city of Alpena.  According to acting HUNT commander, D/Sgt. Mike Hahn, a search warrant was executed at the man's home after the sale, and a substantial amount of home-grown marijuana was seized, along with scales, baggies, and cash.  The man informed the detectives that he was a medical marijuana care giver and was growing marijuana at a location in Hubbard Lake, and selling the drug in the city of Alpena.

A search of the home in Hubbard Lake resulted in the seizure of 93 marijuana plants in various stages of growth, most of which were several feet tall and producing buds.  The plants were seized along with an additional amount of processed marijuana.  Hahn said that the man was unable to substantiate his status as a legal medical marijuana grower, and that guidelines of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act "even if he had the proper paperwork to qualify as a legal caregiver, he still would have been in violation of the law since he sold the drug to someone that didn't even have a medical marijuana card.  93 plants are way more than he would have been able to legally possess, even if he was a care giver for the maximum amount of patients including himself."

Hahn said that the suspect will remain free pending review by the Alpena County Prosecutor.  He could face a litany of criminal charges including delivery of marijuana, maintaining a drug house, manufacturing marijuana, and possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver.  He also said that several other suspects have been identified in the matter and are likely to face criminal charges as well.

 

March 25, 2011

ALPENA RULING ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY

Following an investigation by the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team, in conjunction with Alpena County Prosecuting Attorney Edward Black, Prosecutor Black filed a civil suit against The Health Center (THC) of Alpena, a medical marijuana dispensary.  In the 26th Judicial Circuit Court of Alpena, the Honorable Judge Mack issued a ruling late Thursday that says that medical marijuana patients can give or transfer marijuana to another patient, buy they can't sell it to one another.  According to the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act, a legal caregiver can sell marijuana to a maximum of 5 patients.  The Health Center currently had a client base of more than 60 patients.  Judge Mack's ruling does not require the dispensary to close, but does require them to stop selling marijuana "patient-to-patient" and to keep their marijuana sales within the parameters of the law.  D/Sgt. Hahn, acting commander of the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team, stated that "any continued breaches of this law, following Judge Mack's ruling, will now be met with swift enforcement action by HUNT."

 

March 22, 2011

HUNT 2010 ANNUAL REPORT RELEASED

The Huron Undercover Narcotics Team announces the completion of their 2010 Annual Report.  The report has been published at the team’s website, www.huntteam.net, and is available there to be viewed and/or printed. 

The report depicts another record-breaking year for the team, with the number of investigations for the year being 237 (slightly lower than last year), and the number of arrested people being 247, a record number in the team’s history.  Other stats regarding the team’s activity during 2010 can be gleaned from the report, as well as some significant case information, board of directors, and financial information.

 

March 15, 2011

STOLEN FIREARMS INVESTIGATION RESULTS IN ARREST OF SCHOOL EMPLOYEE FOR CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT

A 31 year-old Millersburg woman, employed as a student success worker under contract with the Onaway Public Schools, has been arrested for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 17 year-old male student under her supervision.  Acting HUNT commander, D/Sgt. Mike Hahn said that the woman was arrested on Tuesday, March 15, 2011, after Presque Isle County Prosecutor Rick Steiger, reviewed the investigation and issued a warrant charging her with 3rd degree Criminal Sexual Conduct.  According to Hahn, HUNT detectives learned of the alleged relationship while assisting SANE (Straits Area Narcotics Enforcement), the ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms), and the Onaway City Police Department in a joint investigation into the theft of fifteen handguns from a sporting goods store in Onaway.

HUNT detectives learned that the success worker had allowed the student to move into her home, and that she had acquired guardianship and power of attorney over the teen.  The investigation would later reveal that the success worker and the student were allegedly involved in a sexual relationship that had begun while the teen was under her supervision as a student in the Onaway Public Schools.

Hahn said that although Michigan's legal age of consent is 16, Michigan Compiled Law 750.520E specifies that it is a felony for teachers, substitute teachers, administrators, contractual service providers, or other employees of public schools, non-public schools, school districts, or intermediate school districts, to engage in a sexual relationship with any student under the age of 18.  A conviction for this crime is punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment.

 

February 5, 2011

ATLANTA MAN ARRESTED FOR FELONIOUS ASSAULT

A 59 year old Atlanta man with ties to Bay City has been arrested for felonious assault causing great bodily harm less than murder, ending a day long man-hunt in the Alpena area yesterday.  The man had allegedly stabbed his brother in Bay City the previous day and had fled to the Alpena area.  Bay County Sheriff deputies secured a warrant for his arrest and alerted law enforcement in Alpena.  Officers from the Alpena City Police Department, the Michigan State Police Post in Alpena, and the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team then began a search for the suspect.  It was learned that he had checked into a local Alpena motel, but was not in his room.  The suspect was later located at approximately 4:00 p.m. as he drove into Alpena on M-32.  He was pulled over on Washington Avenue near 11th Avenue and was taken into custody pending his transport to Bay County to face charges.  The man's brother was hospitalized and his condition is unknown at this time.

 

February 2, 2011

TWO FROM JOHANNESBURG ARRESTED IN OVERDOSE DEATH OF LEWISTON MAN

A joint investigation by deputies from the Montmorency County Sheriff Department and detectives from the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team has resulted in the arrest of a 22 year old Johannesburg man and his 21 year old girlfriend.  Both have been charged with delivery of a controlled substance causing the death of a 23 year old Lewiston man.  The two were taken into custody by sheriff's deputies yesterday (February 2, 2011), and both were lodged in the Montmorency County Jail.  The initial investigation was conducted by the Montmorency County Sheriff Department and was later turned over to HUNT for followup investigation.  The case remains under investigation and additional arrests may follow.

Delivery of a controlled substance causing death is a felony, punishable by any number of years up to life in prison.

 

November 4, 2010

OCTOBER ARRESTS

Detectives with the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team were busy during the month of October, arresting fifteen men and eight women on various narcotics charges.  Seventeen were charged with felony delivery of controlled substances that included heroin, morphine, methadone, vicodin, and percocet.  One of the deliveries took place in a posted school zone.  Ten people were charged with manufacturing and delivery of marijuana, and six were wanted fugitives.  The ages of the suspects ranged from 18 to 60 years.

Team Commander Rick Schultz advised that the team is focusing its attention on the harder, more addictive drugs that have caused a spike in overdose fatalities in Northeastern Michigan in the past ten years, and that heroin continues to be a problem in the area.  Schultz said that the Alpena Regional Medical Center sees a rough average of 3-4 overdose admissions per month, and many are fatal.  The availability of prescription pain pills on the street is high, and it's almost impossible for physicians to differentiate those who are obtaining them for legitimate medical use, and those who are getting them for recreational use and street sale.

Schultz advised that citizens can help eliminate the availability of prescription pain killers by turning in their unwanted pain medications at the Alcona County Sheriff Department, the Michigan State Police Post in Alpena, and the Presque Isle County Sheriff Department.  The drugs are then collected by HUNT and destroyed.  Schultz said that the program has been very effective, and has resulted in the collection and destruction of over 17,000 units of controlled pain medication; medications that may have otherwise ended up on our streets, or in our waterways.  Citizens are reminded that only controlled pain medications are to be turned in at these locations.  Non-controlled substances are collected at other public location that are identified at the following website:  www.greatlakescleanwater.org.

 

October, 2010

HUNT ARRESTS 20 IN SEPTEMBER

20 persons were arrested by the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team during the month of September, 2010.  According to HUNT commander, D/Lt. Rick Schultz, the suspects were arrested for a variety of narcotics crimes and for being wanted on fugitive warrants.  The arrests took place in each of the 4 counties that HUNT services.

In Alpena County, nine persons were arrested on felony charges that included delivery of heroin, delivery of morphine, delivery of ecstasy, delivery of vicodin, maintaining a drug house, delivery of marijuana, and various fugitive warrants.  The man arrested for heroin delivery was currently on parole for a previous conviction of heroin trafficking.  Another man was on parole for armed robbery.  Both men will likely be charged with parole violation, in addition to their current charges.

In Alcona County, six persons were arrested, all for felony manufacture of marijuana.

In Presque Isle County, one person was arrested for felony manufacture of marijuana, and another for being a wanted fugitive.

In Montmorency County, three persons were arrested on felony charges of delivery of morphine, delivery of vicodin, and felony manufacture of marijuana.

Schultz said that the team has already made several felony narcotics arrests thus far in the first week of October, and that more are expected in the coming weeks.

 

July 1, 2010

YELLOW JUG, OLD DRUGS

D/Lt. Rick Schultz, commander of the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team, reports a successful campaign so far after partnering with the "Yellow Jug Old Drugs" program for the year 2010.  The program provides an alternative means for people to dispose of unused drugs.  A number of pharmacies in the area are participating by way of collecting the non-controlled substances, however pharmacies are prohibited from collecting the scheduled controlled substances because of stringent regulations regarding their distribution and storage.  HUNT is able to accept the controlled substances, and can dispose of them properly. 

During the first six months of this year, close to 10,500 doses of narcotics were surrendered to HUNT.  Drugs such as Fentanyl, Vicodin, Dilaudid, Methadone, Morphine, and Oxycodone, have all been collected and properly disposed of. 

"Without programs like Yellow Jug Old Drugs, many of these addictive drugs would likely find their way out of medicine cabinets and onto our streets" Schultz said.  "This is a successful program and I'm looking forward to continuing the partnership with Great Lakes Clean Water, who is sponsoring this community minded program.

 

June 23, 2010

MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING SEARCH WARRANT

A 20 year-old Onaway man was arrested by HUNT detectives following the execution of a narcotics search warrant at his home on Hutchinson Highway in Onaway.  The search warrant was sought after detectives learned that marijuana was being sold from the home, and that a substantial amount of the drug was being stored there.  A search of the home yielded over one-half pound of marijuana, a quantity of suspected heroin, a stolen shotgun, a .45 caliber handgun, and over one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) in currency suspected to be the proceeds of illegal drug sales. 

Multiple suspects were located within the home during the execution of the search warrant, two of whom will likely face future criminal charges of possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon. 

The 20 year-old was lodged in the Presque Isle County Jail for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and maintaining a drug house.   HUNT was assisted in the raid by deputies from the Presque Isle County Sheriff Department.

 

June 22, 2010

TWO ARRESTED FOR DELIVERY OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE CAUSING DEATH

An investigation into the February 18, 2010 overdose death of a 38 year-old Alpena man has resulted in the arrest of two Alpena residents for delivery of a controlled substance causing death.  The two suspects, ages 29 and 30, who are married, are accused of delivering the schedule II controlled substance methadone, to the victim who was found dead behind a private home on Fitzpatrick Road in Maple Ridge Township.

Both suspects were taken into custody on May 25, 2010, and were lodged in the Alpena County Jail on $75,000.00 and $100,000.00 bonds.  Both suspects have been arraigned and are awaiting trial.

Delivery of a controlled substance causing death is a felony punishable by any number of years in prison, up to life.

 

June 18, 2010

HUNT ARRESTS MONTROSE, MI MAN FOR COCAINE TRAFFICKING

On Thursday, June 17, 2010, HUNT detectives wrapped up a one-month long cocaine trafficking investigation with the arrest of a 48 year-old Montrose, MI man.  The suspect was taken into custody without incident after he delivered two ounces of cocaine to a HUNT agent in Black River, MI.  HUNT officers seized approximately 4 more ounces of cocaine, approximately 2 pounds of marijuana, numerous Vicodin pills, and scales from the man's vehicle following his arrest.  Several local individuals were identified, who had been purchasing cocaine from the suspect.

The suspect was lodged in the Alcona County Jail and has been charged with one count of delivery of cocaine over 50 grams, possession of cocaine over 50 grams with intent to deliver, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, and possession of a schedule III narcotic with intent to deliver.  The cocaine charges each carry a maximum penalty of 10-20 years in prison. 

 

March 2, 2010

MAN ARRESTED FOR NARCOTICS DELIVERY FOLLOWING OVERDOSE DEATH

A joint investigation by the Alpena County Sheriff Department and the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team has resulted in the arrest of a 46 year-old Alpena County resident on narcotics delivery charges. 

In March of 2009, Alpena County Sheriff Deputies initiated an investigation involving the death of a 50 year old male who was discovered in his home in Maple Ridge Township.  An autopsy, which was conducted as part of the sheriff department investigation, determined that the cause of death was a drug overdose.  Subsequent investigation by HUNT has led to the arrest of a 46 year-old male on the charge of delivery of Methadone.

According to D/Lt. Schultz, over the past few years, area law enforcement has noted an alarming rise in drug overdoses in the community, many of which have resulted in death.  In April of 2009, law enforcement leaders in Alpena County formed a "Drug Overdose Death Task Force" to address the alarming number of drug related deaths.  The task force utilizes an aggressive approach in identifying the sources of the drugs and seeking criminal prosecution when appropriate. 

Sheriff Steven Kieliszewski, member of the HUNT Executive Board, said a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that for decades, auto crashes have led the nation in injury related deaths, but Michigan is one of fifteen states where drug overdose deaths have surpassed those caused by auto crashes.  "I have definitely seen an increase in drug related overdoses in the area, all too often ending up in death" said Kieliszewski.

 

February 17, 2010

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT ARRESTED BY HUNT

Detectives from the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team apprehended a 32 year-old illegal immigrant during a narcotics investigation this past Tuesday night.  The suspect, who was wanted on felony weapons charges out of Saginaw, Michigan, was taken into custody without incident, after HUNT detectives observed him engaging in a drug deal in a local parking lot.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was notified of the arrest and confirmed that the suspect had been deported in 1995 after being arrested on the original weapons charge in 1991.  The investigation revealed that at the time of his arrest in Saginaw, he had provided authorities with a fictitious name, and was deported under that alias.

During the course of the Alpena investigation, the suspect informed HUNT detectives that after being deported to Mexico by U.S. authorities in 1995, he spent only a few weeks in Mexico before slipping across the border once again.  He said that he returned to Saginaw and later moved north to Alpena.

The 32 year-old is facing drug trafficking charges here in Alpena, in addition to his weapons offense in Saginaw.  HUNT Detectives were able to take legal action on the man only because of his involvement in a narcotics transaction, and his outstanding felony warrant from Saginaw.  Only federal authorities can enforce immigration laws. 

 

February 11, 2010

HUNT ARRESTS BAR OWNER FOR CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE SALES

A Huron Undercover Narcotics Team investigation has ended in the arrest of a 49 year-old Alcona resident.  The investigation commenced on January 15, 2010, with the arrest of a husband and wife for delivery of Oxycodone in Ossineke, Michigan.  The two had delivered the drug to another Ossineke resident, who was also arrested.

As the investigation continued, it was discovered that the source of the drugs was the owner of Pat's Mountain Inn, a restaurant and bar in Black River, Michigan.  The investigation revealed that the owner was supplying the husband and wife, who were selling the pills and funneling the proceeds back to the bar owner.  HUNT detectives confronted the owner at the bar and seized additional Oxycodone, as well as several hundred dollars of suspected drug proceeds.

All four suspects, ages 29, 33, 35, and 49, have been charged with the felony offenses of delivery of schedule II controlled substance (Oxycodone), as well as conspiracy to deliver the substance.  The three suspects from Ossineke will face their charges in Alpena County, and the bar owner is charged in Alcona County.

 

February 5, 2010

NINE PEOPLE ARRESTED FOR TRAFFICKING DRUGS

In the last four working days, HUNT detectives have arrested nine people for narcotics trafficking in Alpena County.  During the arrest operations, several vehicles were seized under the Michigan Drug Forfeiture Law, along with other property associated with drug trafficking.  The seizures and arrests occurred throughout the county.

Eight of the suspects were arrested without incident and lodged in the Alpena County Jail pending the filing of formal charges.  The ninth suspect, a 26 year-old Alpena man, became aware that HUNT was searching for him and attempted to evade arrest.  He was already wanted for a probation violation stemming from a prior drug trafficking conviction, as well as other arrest warrants.  He was finally tracked down to an apartment in Rogers City, where he was taken into custody without incident.  He now faces additional felony drug charges and will likely be charged as a habitual offender.

The following arrests were made:

19 year-old female from Alpena charged with 2 counts delivery of heroin, delivery of Vicodin, and delivery of marijuana.

20 year-old female from Alpena charged with delivery of Dilaudid.

25 year-old male from Alpena charged with two counts delivery of marijuana.

30 year-old male from Alpena charged with two counts delivery of marijuana.

20 year-old male from Alpena charged with two counts delivery of marijuana and possession of marijuana.

21 year-old male from Alpena charged with delivery of heroin.

18 year-old female from Alpena charged with delivery of marijuana.

24 year-old male from Alpena charged with delivery of marijuana.

26 year-old male from Alpena charged with two counts delivery of marijuana.

 

January 29, 2010

TWO ARRESTED FOR CRACK COCAINE TRAFFICKING

On Wednesday, January 27, 2010, HUNT detectives raided a crack and heroin house on the 200 block of Sable Street after undercover purchases of drugs were made at that location.  Present in the home were a 19 year-old Alpena woman and her two year-old niece.  Her suspected accomplice was not present during the raid, but was located and arrested the following evening.  He was found to be in possession of pre-packaged crack cocaine, as well as several hundred dollars in cash.  Both he and the 19 year-old female were arrested and lodged in the Alpena County Jail.  The following charges were authorized by the Alpena County Prosecutor:

19 year-old female, from Alpena charged with delivery of crack cocaine and conspiracy to commit delivery of crack cocaine.

21 year-old male, from Alpena charged with 2 counts delivery of crack cocaine and conspiracy to commit delivery of crack cocaine.

 

January 29, 2010

HUNT RAID RESULTS IN TWO ARRESTS ON NARCOTICS TRAFFICKING CHARGES

On Thursday, January 28, 2010, HUNT detectives raided a residence in the 100 block of Oldfield Street, after undercover purchases of Heroin, Morphine, Vicodin, and Marijuana were made at that location.  Present in the home were a young couple and their 7 month-old infant, as well as two Alpena men, ages 22 and 20, who were arrested and lodged in the Alpena County Jail.  The following charges were authorized by the Alpena County Prosecutor:

22 year-old male, from Alpena charged with delivery of Morphine, Delivery of Vicodin, and Delivery of Marijuana.

20 year-old male, from Alpena charged with delivery of heroin and delivery of Morphine.

Assisting HUNT during the execution of the search warrant were uniform officers from the Alpena Police Department, and their K-9 Unit.

 

January 22, 2010

FOUR DRUG TRAFFICKERS JAILED BY HUNT

On Thursday, January 21, 2010, HUNT detectives intercepted two Flint men as they exited the evening passenger bus in Alpena.  The men were found to be in possession of morphine and pre-packaged heroin that was ready for street sale.  HUNT also arrested two Alpena men who later confessed that they were awaiting the arrival of the drug shipment.  All four were lodged in the Alpena County Jail following their arrests, with the following charges being issued by the Alpena County Prosecutor:

Steven James Savage, 28, from Flint charged with possession of morphine and conspiracy to commit delivery of heroin.

Charles August Costello, 31, from Flint charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin and conspiracy to commit delivery of heroin.

Scott Eugene Swindle, 27, from Alpena charged with conspiracy to commit delivery of heroin and delivery of marijuana.

Joseph Jack Baker, 23, from Alpena charged with conspiracy to commit delivery of heroin, possession with intent to deliver morphine, possession of morphine, and possession of a switchblade.

The Michigan Department of Corrections has placed a detainer on Costello, who is currently on parole, and he remains in custody.  Savage was recently released from the United States Bureau of Prisons.

 

January 15, 2010

SUCCESSFUL "YELLOW JUG OLD DRUGS" CAMPAIGN

In May of 2009, HUNT began participating in the "Yellow Jug Old Drugs" program.  The program is sponsored by the Great Lakes Clean Water Organization as a means for people to dispose of un-used, unwanted, and/or expired prescription medications.

Past practices of flushing the drugs has proven to be harmful to the environment.  A study by the U.S. Geological survey concluded that 80% of streams sampled contained detectable levels of compounds found in common medications.  According to the DEQ, wastewater treatment plants are not designed to remove many compounds found in medications, which end up being discharged into our surface and ground water.  These compounds can have a negative impact on our ecosystem including fish, birds, and other wildlife.  Some of these compounds can also destroy the beneficial bacteria necessary in septic systems.

From the criminal drug abuse standpoint, many unused and unwanted medications are being stored in people's homes, and are not monitored.  These situations are often taken advantage of by individuals interested in using the drugs illegally, and/or selling them for profit.  According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, abuse of prescription drugs has become increasingly prevalent among teens and young adults.  Abuse of prescription drugs now ranks second, only behind marijuana, as the nation's leading illegal drug problem.

Although the Yellow Jug is now available in many pharmacies across northern Michigan, narcotics/controlled substances, are not accepted for disposal in the jugs.  The Huron Undercover Narcotics Team was approached by Chris Angel, the Project Director of Yellow Jug Old Drugs, and asked for HUNT's participation in the program, as a means for people to dispose of those narcotics/controlled substances that can't be put in the jugs.  Those wishing to dispose of their unwanted medications simply drop them off at the Michigan State Police Post in Alpena during the published times, and the drugs are collected and properly disposed of by HUNT.

From May through the end of the year 2009, over 4,150 doses of prescription narcotics/controlled substances were collected by HUNT.  The drugs were then documented and destroyed in a process that meets all regulations.  HUNT plans to continue their participation in the program during 2010, and has also partnered with the Presque Isle County Sheriff Department, where controlled substances can be dropped off for subsequent disposal by HUNT.

 

December 17, 2009

THREE ARRESTED FEDERALLY FOR COCAINE TRAFFICKING

On December 15, 2009, a joint operation involving narcotics officers from the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) and the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team (HUNT) resulted in the arrest of three men in Alpena County on cocaine trafficking charges.

The arrests followed an investigation in which one of the suspects arranged to sell a large amount of cocaine to a man being investigated by UPSET detectives for cocaine activity.  The seller selected Alpena as the delivery location because he had contacts there.  Members assigned to the FBI's Violent Gang Task Force in Pontiac, joined the operation once it became known that one or more of the suspects were figures in a federal investigation involving violent gang activity and cocaine trafficking, and that they were members of the criminal street gang, Latin Kings, based in Pontiac.  The Latin Kings are known to be involved in the distribution of narcotics, firearms, and other criminal activities.

When the cocaine was transported to Alpena, the suspects were joined by a 33 year-old Alpena man, who was present during the transaction.  A search of his home following his arrest resulted in the seizure of cocaine, marijuana, scales, and multiple firearms.  The Alpena suspect was a convicted registered sex offender who had consistently been in trouble for failing to register his address as such, and had also been convicted of marijuana trafficking following a HUNT investigation in 2008.

The 33 year-old Alpena man, and two Pontiac residents, ages 21 and 28, were lodged in the Alpena County Jail that evening, and were later taken into federal custody by the task force and transported to Detroit to face federal criminal charges.  The arrest phase of the operation was assisted by troopers from the Michigan State Police, Alpena Post, as well as their K-9 Unit.

 

December 11, 2009

FEMALE ARRESTED AGAIN FOR DRUG SALES

A 32 year-old female who was arrested by the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team in early May of this year has been arrested again for drug delivery charges.  The female was arrested after detectives executed a search warrant at her residence within a school zone following a narcotics investigation involving the sale of controlled substances from her home.  Detectives seized a vast array of prescription controlled substances along with a quantity of cash suspected to be the proceeds of drug sales.

In May, the female was charged with several narcotics related offenses including the possession of cocaine, sale of heroin, narcotics activity within a school zone, and maintaining a drug house.  Those charges are pending adjudication in circuit court.

Present during this search warrant were two children, an 11 year-old girl and a 1 year-old toddler.  The children were turned over to relatives at the conclusion of the raid.  HUNT was assisted in the search warrant by the Alpena Police Department.

 

November 12, 2009

TWO ARRESTED IN COCAINE TRAFFICKING CONSPIRACY

A month-long investigation has resulted in the arrest of two Alpena men by the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team.  The men had allegedly been selling cocaine from within the Dry Dock Bar on River Street, where one of them was employed as a bartender.  According to D/Lt. Schultz, commander of the team, numerous undercover purchases of cocaine had been made from the bartender, several of which were made while he was on duty.

The investigation culminated on November 10, 2009, when the bartender's alleged cocaine supplier, who was believed to be in route to the bar with cocaine intended for a HUNT agent, was pulled over and taken into custody.  A search warrant for his person and his vehicle was executed and he was ultimately found to have cocaine, packaged in individual street sale amounts, hidden in his rectal cavity.  An additional search warrant was then conducted at the suspect's residence on Cathro Road in Maple Ridge Township, where additional quantities of cocaine were seized, along with a firearm and a substantial amount of cash. 

Following that arrest, HUNT officers went to the Dry Dock Bar and arrested the other suspect as he was tending bar.  HUNT was accompanied by an investigator from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission, who conducted an inspection of the premises and bar operation.  The employee was taken into custody without incident.

Detectives from the Straits Area Narcotics Enforcement Team (SANE), troopers from the Michigan State Police, Alpena Post, and officers from the Alpena City Police Department, as well as their K-9 Unit, assisted HUNT with the arrests and searches.

 

October 15, 2009

MARIJUANA GROW OPERATION UNCOVERED

A month-long investigation conducted by the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team resulted in the seizure of over 150 marijuana plants in Mitchell Township today.  HUNT received a referral from the MSP Lincoln Detachment after a small game hunter stumbled across several marijuana plants growing on federal forest land.   HUNT detectives were able to identify the suspect who was actively tending the small marijuana plot, while armed with a firearm.  The investigation concluded with the contact of a 47 year-old Mitchell Township resident at his home, where an additional 150 marijuana plants were found in an indoor grow operation.  Quantities of processed marijuana was also seized from the home, as was grow equipment and firearms.   The suspect also had two other small marijuana plots growing in other parts of the county. 

The suspect faces charges of manufacture 5-45 kilograms of marijuana,  which is a 7 year felony, as well as a weapons charge, felony firearm, an additional 2 year felony.

 

July 11, 2009

EASTER DAY BANDIT NABBED BY HUNT

HUNT officers apprehended a wanted fugitive at a residence near Harrison in Clare County today.  The 34 year-old female, Melissa Ann McHarg, was taken into custody without incident on felony warrants held by the Alpena Police Department.  McHarg was charged with larceny of prescription narcotics, following an incident on Easter Day.  McHarg, formerly of Alpena, had been on the run from law enforcement for over a month and was believed to have fled the area to avoid prosecution. 

 
April 3, 2009

ONE ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE

On January 20th of this year, just before midnight, Alpena County Central Dispatch received a 911 call from a 9 year-old who said that she could not wake her mother up.  Medical emergency personnel along with law enforcement responded to the residence on the north side of Alpena and discovered a 27 year-old female in medical distress from a suspected drug overdose.  The female was subsequently transported to the hospital by ambulance and later recovered.  The three children (ages 9 and under) were taken into protective custody by the Alpena Police Department at the home and later conveyed to Child Protective Services. 

HUNT detectives assisted the Alpena Police Department in the investigation and it became apparent that the mother was involved in the use of prescription drugs for non-medical purposes.  The mother was arrested by HUNT detectives yesterday (April 2, 2009) following the completion of an investigation and submission of its findings to the Alpena County Prosecutor's office.  She was charged with one count controlled substance, possession of a schedule 4 narcotic.

 
April 2, 2009

DRUG OVERDOSE AT SUNRISE MISSION

In December of 2008, emergency personnel, including police, were summoned to a medical emergency at the Sunrise Shelter.  The emergency involved a 45 year-old female tenant who was subsequently transported to the Alpena Regional Medical Center by ambulance.  HUNT detectives assisted the Alpena Police Department in the investigation once it became apparent that the female was involved in the use of prescription narcotics for non-medical purposes at the facility.  The female, who had a long history of narcotics use and at one point had served time in prison for narcotics trafficking, was arrested today (April 2, 2009) by HUNT officers.  She was charged with controlled substance, possession of a schedule 2 narcotic, a four-year felony.

 

March 31, 2009

2 ARRESTED FOR PRESCRIPTION FRAUD

As a result of a tip received, and subsequent HUNT investigation, a plot was discovered in which  a staff member of a local doctor's office was issuing bogus prescriptions.  The staff member was telephoning prescriptions in to a pharmacy without the consent or knowledge of the doctor.  These prescriptions were for a schedule 3 controlled substance, and were being utilized by the staff member's brother for non-medical purposes. 

As a result, a 29 year-old female was arrested on four felony counts of obtaining a schedule 3 narcotic by fraud, as was her 29 year-old brother on the same four counts in addition to one count controlled substance, inducing a person to violate.  All of these charges are four-year felonies.

 

March 26, 2009

ONAWAY ARREST SPREE

With the assistance of uniform officers from the Rogers City Police Department, Presque Isle County Sheriff Department, and troopers from the Michigan State Police, detectives from the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team apprehended a number of individuals in the Onaway area on drug related charges.  The arrests included the following:

40 year-old male arrested for one count delivery of a schedule 2 narcotic and one count maintaining a drug house, with habitual offender, 4th offense notice.

29 year-old female arrested for one count delivery of a schedule 2 narcotic and one count maintaining a drug house.

18 year-old female arrested for two counts delivery of marijuana.

20 year-old female arrested for one count delivery of a schedule 2 narcotic.

37 year-old male arrested for one count delivery of a schedule 2 narcotic and one count maintaining a drug house with a habitual offender, 2nd offense notice.

27 year-old female arrested for one count delivery of a schedule 3 controlled substance with a habitual offender, 4th offense notice.

50 year-old female arrested for one count delivery of a schedule 2 narcotic.

21 year-old female arrested for one count delivery of a schedule 2 narcotic.

All eight of the above listed individuals were arrested and lodged in the Presque Isle County Jail pending court activity.

In addition, a 23 year-old female from Tower was arrested for two counts delivery of a schedule 2 narcotic, and lodged in the Cheboygan County Jail.

According to D/Lt. Schultz, two firearms were seized during this arrest operation, as were prescription narcotics from six of the nine arrestees.  Also confiscated were quantities of cash, suspected to be the proceeds of narcotics trafficking.

 

March 16, 2009

HUNT 2008 ANNUAL REPORT

The 2008 Huron Undercover Narcotics Team Annual Report has been completed.  The report has been disseminated to the various governmental entities which have partnered with the team, and is available for public review on our web page, at www.huntteam.net.  D/Lt. Schultz advised that the purpose of the annual report is to provide an account to our partners and supporters as to how the team has used its resources in pursuing our objectives in the reporting year, and to outline our aspirations for the ensuing year.

As the Annual Report reflects, 2008 was a successful year for the team, with the number of investigations initiated being up 25% over the average for the past ten years, and the number of persons arrested up 29% over the past ten year average.

In addition to the team's narcotics investigations, they were able to provide assistance to other police agencies on cases such as conspiracy to commit arson, larceny of scrap metal, recovery of stolen vehicles, assault and battery, and 31 fugitive location/arrests.

 

March 4, 2009

ONE ARRESTED AT BUS STOP

A 30 year-old female from Detroit was arrested this evening by HUNT detectives after getting off the bus in Alpena.  She was arrested on the strength of an outstanding fugitive felony warrant that was issued out of the Circuit Court in Macomb County for a violation of probation, possession of cocaine.  The female picked up an additional charge of possession of heroin, after HUNT detectives discovered that she was in possession of suspected heroin. 

The repeat drug offender is being held in the Alpena County Jail pending charges being filed with the Alpena County Prosecutor's office and will be released to the authorities downstate once this case has been adjudicated.

 

February 19, 2009

SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION SWEEP

HUNT, together with other local law enforcement agencies, participated in the state-wide sex offender sweep "Operation Verify" which was conducted from February 2 through February 13.  In the continuation of the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team's expanded role in delivering police services, it partnered with uniform officers from the Michigan State Police, the Alpena City Police Department, the Rogers City Police Department, and deputies from the Alcona, Alpena, and Presque Isle County Sheriff Departments to conduct the sweep.  The sweep is conducted at least twice a year to ensure that convicted sex offenders are abiding by the terms set forth once convicted of a crime that is sexual in nature. 

In the three-county area, officers were responsible for ensuring that 239 registered sex offenders were in compliance with their required reporting duties.  During "Operation Verify" officers reported that three individuals were arrested on five outstanding warrants.  One individual was arrested on a sex offender violation, one individual had 2 misdemeanor warrants for his arrest, and one individual was arrested on a 2-count felony warrant for delivery of marijuana stemming from a HUNT investigation.  Officers also located 4 violators who were either lodged in county jails or prisons, and located 2 violators living out of state.  In addition, officers are seeking warrants against two individuals for additional sex offender violations.

D/Lt. Schultz of the HUNT team reported that the current compliance rate for Alcona, Alpena, and Presque Isle Counties is at 94%, a bench mark compliance rate that is very sufficient compared to other areas in the state.

F/Lt. Caldwell of the Michigan State Police Post reported that the public can query the Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry at the Michigan State Police web page, www.michigan.gov/msp, and search the quick link for the sex offender site.  Each of the registered offenders are listed, most including a photograph and a description of the offense.  F/Lt. Caldwell advised that if anyone has any questions regarding an offender on the site, they can contact him at (989) 354-4101 and/or your local law enforcement agency.  Citizens are reminded to contact their local police agencies if they know of someone who is a registered sex offender and is in violation of their reporting duties.

 

January 30, 2009

ABSCONDER CAPTURED

HUNT detectives captured an absconder from probation last night at a residence in Posen.  The arrestee, a 27 year-old male, had been on the lam for over a year, and was apprehended after he fled the residence and was found hiding in a shed near the home.

The fugitive was taken into custody on the strength of an outstanding felony warrant issued out of the 26th Judicial Circuit Court in Atlanta for violation of his probation, and lodged at the Montmorency County Jail.  The original charge and conviction stemmed from a 2002 HUNT investigation in which the suspect and a co-defendant plotted to rob a residence in Montmorency County that was associated with the manufacturing and trafficking of marijuana.  In that case the suspect plead guilty to conspiracy, felony unarmed and conspiracy to assault with intent to maim. 

As a result of this apprehension in Posen, detectives executed a search warrant at the residence and seized a quantity of cocaine and processed marijuana along with other evidence associated with narcotics trafficking.  Charges of possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana are being sought against the residents.

 

January 22, 2009

HEROIN TRAFFICKER ARRESTED

A 21 year-old man is back in the county jail following his Thursday night arrest for delivery of heroin.  HUNT detectives were in possession of a felony arrest warrant when they searched the residence of the suspect's girlfriend and located him hiding in an upstairs closet.  The man was taken into custody without incident and lodged in the Alpena County Jail.

The suspect is a habitual offender, and at the time of his arrest, was out on bond awaiting trial on unrelated charges of possession of heroin and first degree criminal sexual conduct.

 

January 22, 2009

PRESCRIPTION FRAUD

On Wednesday, HUNT detectives wrapped up a three month investigation with the arrest of a 34 year-old Alpena native.  The suspect had temporarily moved back to Alpena during the summer of the previous year, and had begun visiting multiple dentists and physicians.  The suspect was being prescribed controlled substances from these dentists and doctors, who were not made aware that he had been prescribed drugs from the others.  The case was later presented to Alpena County Prosecutor Ed Black, who authorized a felony arrest warrant for the man, charging him with nine counts of obtaining controlled substances by fraud, and one misdemeanor count of attempting to obtain controlled substances by fraud.  The felony counts each carry a maximum penalty of 4 years in prison and/or a $30,000.00 fine.

The same suspect recently spent a year in jail after being convicted of health care fraud, conspiracy, and felony criminal enterprise involving the fraudulent procurement of controlled substances, in 2007.

 

January 9, 2009

TWO ARRESTED FOR DELIVERY OF HEROIN

A 24 year-old Alpena man and his 19 year-old girlfriend are currently lodged in the Alpena County Jail following the execution of a search warrant at their apartment by detectives of the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team last night.  The search warrant was executed in the city limits of Alpena after several undercover purchases of heroin were made from the two during the past week.


The 24 year-old male suspect was currently on parole, and was recently released from prison after being convicted of heroin delivery in 2005.  Formal charges of delivery of heroin and possession with intent to deliver heroin are being sought on both suspects.  Both charges are felonies, punishable by up to 20 years in prison, as well as a $25,000.00 fine.

 

December 4, 2008

HEROIN SHIPMENT INTERCEPTED

At approximately 4:00 this morning, detectives from the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team intercepted two Alpena men as they traveled through Alcona County with a shipment of heroin, intended for street sale in Alpena.  The men had purchased the heroin in Saginaw and were driving it back to Alpena when they were arrested by HUNT officers.  The 25 year-old driver was found to be operating the vehicle with a suspended license.  His 19 year-old passenger, who was recently released from the Alpena County Jail, was wanted on an open warrant for failing to serve out a previous jail commitment.  Both are repeat drug offenders in the Alpena area. 

Both individuals were lodged in the Alpena County Jail and charges are being sought for possession with intent to deliver heroin, and conspiracy to delivery heroin.  HUNT was assisted in the traffic stop by troopers from the Michigan State Police, Alpena Post.

 

November 14, 2008

TWO ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DELIVER HEROIN

The Huron Undercover Narcotics Team arrested two female individuals last night during a traffic stop in Alpena Township.  The traffic stop was conducted with the assistance of troopers from the Michigan State Police, Alpena Post, following a HUNT investigation into a heroin trafficking operation.  The two were suspected of transporting a quantity of heroin from the Cadillac area, back to Alpena for delivery.  The driver was transported to the Alpena Regional Medical Center where medical personnel removed a quantity of heroin from her person.  A subsequent search of the residence associated with the two, revealed an additional quantity of heroin as well as a quantity of marijuana.  Both are being charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin.

 

September 4, 2008

HUNT ARRESTS TWO FOR ATTEMPTED HOME INVASION / WITNESS INTIMIDATION

Two Alpena men, ages 17 and 21, have been arrested by detectives of the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team, following the investigation of an incident that occurred on August 24, 2008.

HUNT detectives, together with officers from the Alpena City Police Department, interviewed a man and a woman who claimed that these two men had kicked in their front door in an attempt to gain entry.  The woman told officers that the men were looking for her boyfriend, who had recently testified in court against one of them, and was scheduled to testify against the other in upcoming court proceedings.  The men caused extensive damage to the door, and fled when the woman said she was calling the police. 

Both of these alleged assailants have been arrested and charged with witness intimidation and attempted home invasion, first degree.  Witness intimidation is a felony punishable by up to 4 years in prison, and attempted home invasion, first degree, is also a felony punishable by up to 4 years in prison.

 

August 20, 2008

ONE MORE (THIRD) ARRESTED IN FATAL DRUG OVERDOSE CASE

A third individual has been arrested and charged in the drug overdose fatality that occurred in the summer of 2006.  The felony warrant was issued out of the 88th District Court, charging a 22 year-old former Alpena resident with a single count of delivery of a controlled substance causing death.

The investigation, worked jointly between the Alpena Police Department and the HUNT team, involved a drug overdose of a 26 year-old female who expired shortly after injecting herself with what she believed was heroin.  A subsequent autopsy concluded that her death was the result of a fentanyl overdose. 

The 22 year-old male, who is currently serving a prison sentence with the Michigan Department of Corrections on a felony drug conviction from an arrest in Alcona County by the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team, was scheduled to be paroled later this month.  These new charges will halt any early release, and he will remain in the custody of the Department of Corrections.

Delivery of a controlled substance causing death is a capital offense, which carries a sentence of any number of years to life in prison.

 

August 5, 2008

DOCTOR ARRESTED

On Tuesday, a 66 year-old medical doctor, who had established his practice in Alpena, was arrested by detectives of the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team.  The practice of this doctor had been under investigation for an approximate six month period.  Search warrants were served on the office associated with the doctor in the 2500 block of U.S. 23 South in Alpena Township.  Agents from the Michigan Department of Community Health, Health Investigation Division, served the doctor a Summary Suspension and Administrative Complaint which immediately suspended the doctor's medical license.  A Summary Suspension is utilized in instances where there is an imminent threat to public health, safety, and wellness.  The doctor also surrendered his DEA license to a special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, who assisted HUNT at the scene.

Assisting HUNT in this investigation was the United States Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration, the Michigan Department of Community Health, Health Investigation Division, and Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Michigan, Corporate & Financial Investigations.

The doctor has been charged with three counts of unlawfully prescribing a schedule 2 controlled substance, a 20 year felony and one count of unlawfully prescribing a schedule 4 controlled substance, a 4 year felony.

 

June 7, 2008

ONE MORE ARRESTED IN FATAL DRUG OVERDOSE CASE

On Friday, June 6, detectives from the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team arrested a 22 year-old man who was currently incarcerated in the Alpena County Jail.  The accused is serving a sentence on an unrelated crime. 

The investigation, worked jointly between the Alpena Police Department and the HUNT team, involved a drug overdose of a 26 year-old female who expired shortly after injecting herself with what she believed was heroin.  A subsequent autopsy concluded that her death was the result of a fentanyl overdose. 

This suspect, who is a repeat drug offender and is classified as a habitual criminal offender, was the second to be arrested in this case, and charged with the delivery of a controlled substance causing death.  If convicted, he faces any number of years, up to life, in prison.

 

April 6, 2008

MARIJUANA TRAFFICKING ENTERPRISE OPERATED FROM METZ TOWNSHIP

An intensive, four month long narcotics investigation has resulted in the criminal indictment of a Metz Township resident.  This individual is currently incarcerated in a Michigan prison for a parole violation.  The parole was the result of a 2004 HUNT investigation in which the suspect was found to be operating a sophisticated indoor/outdoor marijuana growing operation at his Metz Township residence.   He was convicted of growing well over 200 marijuana plants on his property and in his home, and was sentenced to 19 months to 7 years in prison.

In early 2007, the suspect was released from the Michigan Department of Corrections and placed on parole.  He then organized a criminal enterprise which he controlled from his home in Metz.  HUNT detectives were able to identify a core of individuals residing in Alpena, Antrim, Cheboygan, and Presque Isle Counties, who were being supplied by the suspect with multiple pounds of marijuana, which they were selling for him.  The suspect would later return to collect most of the proceeds from the sales.  The HUNT team spent a great deal of time during the summer of 2007, learning the group's methods of operation and movements.  The investigation concluded in December of 2007 when HUNT arrested the suspect while he was returning to Presque Isle County after collecting proceeds from several members in Western Michigan.  HUNT arrested him for a violation of his parole, which resulted in his re-incarceration with the Michigan Department of Corrections.  When arrested, he was found to be in possession of a large amount of cash. 

This investigation disrupted a major marijuana trafficking operation, involving hundreds of thousands of dollars, all of which was organized and directed by the suspect.  It is believed that the suspect expanded his operations away from his home, in the hopes of avoiding detection by the team.  The investigation also resulted in the seizure of a large amount of marijuana and suspected drug money.  He has since been arrested on this case and charged with one count conducting a criminal enterprise, 5 counts conspiracy to deliver 5-45 kilograms of the controlled substance marijuana, and one count bribery of a public officer.

 

March 6, 2008

HUNT 2007 ANNUAL REPORT

The 2007 Huron Undercover Narcotics Team Annual Report has been completed.  The report has been disseminated to the various governmental entities which have partnered with the team, and is available for public review on our web page, at www.huntteam.net.  D/Lt. Schultz advised that the purpose of the annual report is to provide an account to our partners and supporters as to how the team has used its resources in pursuing our objectives in the reporting year, and to outline our aspirations for the ensuing year.

As the Annual Report reflects, 2007 was a noteworthy year, with new beginnings, new records, and significant accomplishments.  The number of investigations initiated surpassed any year in the team's history, being up 35% over the average for the past ten years.  The number of persons arrested also surpassed any in the team's history, being up 32% over the past ten year average.

The inclusion of other related criminal activity in our spectrum has taken the team to levels of service that the community will certainly benefit from.  The team was able to assist other local law enforcement agencies in the investigations of violent criminal acts, stolen property, locating wanted criminals, and more.  And, as anticipated, the majority of these other crimes did show a direct linkage to the drug community.

 

January 16, 2008

HUNT BUSTS MARIJUANA TRAFFICKING RING

HUNT detectives dismantled a well organized marijuana trafficking ring, resulting in the arrest of three Alpena men and one from Bridgeport.  The ages of the men ranged from 17 to 22 years, and two were on felony probation; one for delivery of cocaine and marijuana, the other for breaking and entering.

The investigation which began in late November of 2007, culminated last evening, when undercover HUNT detectives purchased a sawed-off shotgun from one of the Alpena suspects.  The 20 year old suspect was arrested immediately after the sale, and fifty-six (56) pre-packaged bags of marijuana, ready for street sale, were seized from his home on Palm Street.  The marijuana had a street value of $1,630.00.  Digital scales were also seized at the residence.

Prior to his arrest, HUNT detectives had accomplished a series of undercover marijuana purchases from other members of the organization, which resulted in their arrests.  Other members of the organization were unaware of these arrests and continued their marijuana sales in the area, allowing HUNT's investigation to continue uncompromised.  Each of these initial arrests resulted in the seizure of large amounts of marijuana, pre-packaged for street sale, with a street value of nearly $7,000.00.  Cellular telephones, digital scales, and one vehicle were also seized from the men.

The investigation continues and more arrests will be made.  The suspects are facing various felony charges, among them, delivery of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of a sawed-off shotgun, felon in possession of a firearm, and probation violation.

Delivery of marijuana and possessing it with intent to deliver, both carry a maximum prison sentence of 4 years.  Possession of a sawed-off shotgun carries a maximum prison sentence of five years, as does being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

 

December 13, 2007

HUNT JAILS TWO PAROLEES/REPEAT OFFENDERS

A 50 year old Alpena resident was arrested after HUNT detectives intercepted a shipment of heroin.  This individual had traveled downstate and was returning with a quantity of heroin intended for sale in the Alpena area.  He is lodged in the Alcona County Jail on charges of conspiracy to deliver heroin and possession with intent to deliver heroin.  The Michigan Department of Corrections has also placed a detainer on him for violation of his parole.  HUNT was assisted in this investigation by the Western Wayne County Narcotics Group.

In a separate incident, a 56 year old Rogers City resident, on parole for a drug trafficking conviction, was arrested for conducting a marijuana trafficking operation.  Following an extensive investigation, HUNT conducted search warrants in Presque Isle County where evidence of the suspect's criminal enterprise was located and seized.  The investigation revealed that several individuals were involved in the trafficking of several hundred pounds of marijuana throughout the northern portion of Michigan.  The investigation continues with the inclusion of SANE (Straits Area Narcotics Enforcement) and TNT (Traverse Narcotics Team).  The suspect is lodged in the Presque Isle County Jail pending formal charges by the Presque Isle County Prosecutor's office.  The Michigan Department of Corrections has placed a detainer on him for violation of parole.

 

November 8, 2007

HUNT PARTNERS WITH UNIFORM OFFICERS DURING SOR SWEEP

As part of the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team's expanded role in providing police services, HUNT detectives partnered with uniform officers from the Michigan State Police, Alpena City Police Department, Alpena County Sheriff Department, and the Alcona County Sheriff Department during October's Sex Offender Register sweep.  A total of 135 registered sex offenders were investigated in the counties of Alpena and Alcona.  128 of them were determined to be in compliance with their registration duties (a 95% compliance rate).  3 sex offenders were arrested for felony violations, and 2 for misdemeanor violations.  Two individuals who were in compliance, were arrested on outstanding fugitive warrants.  2 sex offenders in Alpena County were not located at their last reported address.  Detectives are following up on their whereabouts and anticipate felony warrants for their arrest in the near future.

 

October 21, 2007

DRUG RAID IN ALPENA TOWNSHIP

Following an investigation into a marijuana trafficking enterprise, HUNT officers conducted a search warrant last night at a residence in the township of Alpena.  Officers seized over $3,500.00 worth of marijuana as well as a firearm and other property believed to be the proceeds of drug trafficking.

A 26 year-old male (repeat drug offender) was arrested at the scene and charged with 3 counts delivery of marijuana, one count felon in possession of a firearm, and one count possession with intent to deliver marijuana.  He remains lodged in the Alpena County Jail pending formal charges by the Alpena County Prosecutor's office.

HUNT was assisted in the search warrant by uniformed officers from the Alpena County Sheriff Department and the Michigan State Police, Alpena Post.

 

September 27, 2007

SEX OFFENDER JAILED FOR FAILURE TO REPORT

Members of the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team tracked down a 28 year old Alpena resident who was required to report his change of address as a sex offender, and had failed to do so.  The team received a tip from a concerned community member who had become aware that this individual was living in their neighborhood.  Under state law, any individual who has been convicted of a sexual offense and is required to register as a sex offender, is also required to report their change of address within 10 days of moving.  The suspect, though trying to elude contact with police officers, was located and taken into custody without incident.  He was lodged at the Alpena County Jail on the charge of Fail to Change Address (Sex Offender Register), 3rd offense.

 

September 10, 2007

HUNT ARRESTS TWO IN ALCONA COUNTY

Members of the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team arrested and lodged a 25 year-old female in Alcona County this past Saturday, for possession of heroin.  The 26 year-old female, from Alpena, was traveling back from the Detroit area when she was intercepted by the HUNT team.  This female had recently been discharged from probation due to a conviction for delivery of heroin in 2004, and was currently on probation for a felony conviction involving a property crime in Alpena County.

A 25 year-old male companion, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was also arrested on several outstanding warrants from other police agencies.

Formal charges on the female are pending at the Alcona County Prosecutor's office, and the status of her probation is uncertain.   HUNT was assisted in the traffic stop by the Michigan State Police. 

 

August 24, 2007

15 SUSPECTS TO FACE ARREST FOLLOWING OPERATION HEMP FLIGHTS

HUNT officers  located and seized over 400 marijuana plants last week while conducting Operation HEMP flights in the counties of Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency, and Presque Isle.  Thirteen separate crops of marijuana were discovered by airborne surveillance officers, who were scouring public and private lands for the illegal plants.  When plants are discovered from the air, their location is then radioed to the ground crew, who seize the plants and attempt to identify the persons responsible.  HUNT officers were able to identify suspects in twelve of the thirteen instances where marijuana plots were discovered.  As a result, a total of 15 people will be prosecuted for manufacturing marijuana.

Operation HEMP (Help Eliminate Marijuana Planting) is a program in which law enforcement combines with various airborne surveillance units to eradicate growing domestic cannabis (marijuana) and suppress its future manufacture.  According to D/Lt. Schultz, the program has been successful in limiting the amount of marijuana grown in Northeast Michigan every year, particularly on lands open to the public such as national and state forests.

HUNT was assisted in the HEMP flights by the Michigan Air National Guard, the Coast Guard, and local law enforcement agencies.

 

August 2, 2007

ALPENA POLICE DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATION LEADS TO HUNT SEARCH WARRANT

The Alpena Police Department received a report of larceny this past weekend.  Their investigation led to the arrest of an individual who was believed to have sold the stolen property in an effort to purchase drugs. 

As a result of the information gathered by the Alpena Police Department during their larceny investigation, HUNT detectives executed a search warrant in the 400 block of Fair Avenue in the city of Alpena, early Sunday morning.  Both narcotics and marijuana were seized at the home, along with evidence associated with illegal morphine sales.

A 28 year-old female (repeat drug offender), who was identified as the renter of the property, was arrested and lodged in the Alpena County Jail on the charge of maintaining a drug house.  Her 26 year-old male companion was also lodged at the Alpena County Jail, charged with delivery of morphine and possession of morphine with intent to deliver.  A 28 year-old male was also encountered during the execution of the search warrant and was jailed on an outstanding fugitive warrant. 

Additional search warrants were executed for blood samples of both suspects, who may now face additional charges of illegal use of narcotics.  Both are lodged in the Alpena County jail pending arraignment.

 

August 2, 2007

HUNT ARRESTS ONE IN PRESQUE ISLE COUNTY FOR MANUFACTURING MARIJUANA

Members of the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team executed a search warrant at a home just outside the village of Posen this afternoon, seizing several marijuana plants on the property and in the residence.  Several other marijuana plants were discovered on private property near the residence, which may have some linkage to the occupants of the search warrant scene.

Taken into custody at the scene was a 53 year-old male, renter of the property.  The individual was charged with manufacturing marijuana and maintaining a drug house, and lodged in the Presque Isle County Jail.  His companion, a 44 year-old female, was detained at the scene and later released pending formal charges being filed with the Presque Isle County Prosecutor.

 

July 10, 2007

HUNT ARRESTS PAROLED HEROIN DEALER

Members of the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team concluded a two month long narcotics investigation with the arrest of a 25 year-old Alpena man who was on parole after serving prison time for trafficking in heroin.

The suspect was arrested while playing pool at a local bar, and a search warrant was executed at his residence.   Approximately one ounce of suspected heroin, all pre-packaged into small street sale quantities was seized, along with marijuana, several sets of digital scales, and drug records.  In addition to the narcotics and paraphernalia, an illegal stun gun was seized.

The subject remains lodged in the Alpena County Jail and faces an array of charges ranging from parole violation, delivery of heroin, possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession of marijuana, and possession of a stun gun.

D/Sgt. Hahn, of the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team stated that Alpena's heroin problem is not going away, and seems to coincide with the presence of certain individuals in the community.  "When certain people are in jail or prison, the problem tends to subside a bit.  When they're back on the street, the heroin is back on the street.  This is the second time in a year we've arrested a parolee for selling heroin when he was on parole for the same thing.  They're just not getting it."

 

June 20, 2007

HEROIN CONCEALED IN BABY'S DIAPER

The Huron Undercover Narcotics Team was alerted by the Alpena Police Department after an 18 year-old female was arrested for possession of heroin.  The heroin was discovered in the diaper of a two year-old child.

D/Lt. Schultz advised that the team had discovered a number of individuals during the course of their narcotics investigations, who had attempted to conceal narcotics, mostly heroin and cocaine, on their person to avoid detection by authorities.  This type of activity is commonly referred to as a "body stuffer", or "mini-packer", but this is the first case discovered in the Alpena area, where the drugs were being concealed on a small child.

The Alpena Police Department continues its investigation, with the assistance of HUNT, and the Michigan Department of Human Services has adopted the case pertaining to the child's welfare.

 

June 15, 2007

MARIJUANA DISTRIBUTION CONSPIRACY UNCOVERED IN PRESQUE ISLE COUNTY

The Huron Undercover Narcotics Team arrested an 18 year-old male in Posen, following an undercover purchase of marijuana.  The investigation resulted in a search warrant being conducted at the residence of a 20 year-old, where evidence was collected with regard to conspiracy to deliver marijuana.  During the search a marijuana grow operation was discovered, as well as processed marijuana and suspected drug money.

The 18 year-old remains in custody at the Presque Isle County Jail and is charged with two counts delivery of marijuana.  Charges of conspiracy to deliver marijuana, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, and manufacturing marijuana are expected to be filed against the 20 year-old.

 

June 12, 2007

THREE ARRESTED FOLLOWING HEROIN TRANSACTION

The Huron Undercover Narcotics Team arrested three individuals on charges relating to the possession and delivery of heroin earlier this evening.

Undercover officers witnessed a heroin transaction at the Skate Park near Ninth and Oldfield in the city of Alpena.  Following the transaction, a 19 year-old male from Alpena and his 18 year-old female companion from Lachine were arrested, as well as a 20 year-old male from Alpena.

Both male subjects had prior convictions for heroin delivery charges.  In addition to the heroin delivery charge, the 20 year-old was also arrested on the strength of two outstanding warrants for probation violations as a result of his earlier heroin conviction.  Following the issuance of a search warrant, the female was transported to the Alpena Regional Medical Center where a search was conducted of her person.  The search revealed an amount of heroin and additional controlled substances which were concealed in a body cavity.

The investigation resulted in the seizure of heroin, marijuana, and methadone, as well as a quantity of cash and a vehicle.  All three individuals were lodged in the Alpena County Jail pending formal charges by the Alpena County Prosecutor's office.

HUNT was assisted in a traffic stop by the Alpena City Police Department.

 

May 23, 2007

BREAKING AND ENTERING SUSPECT GROWING MARIJUANA

A 23 year old Alpena man was arrested at his home early Wednesday morning, moments after he allegedly broke into the Omni building in downtown Alpena and stole several computers.

At approximately 4:30 a.m., officers and detectives from the Alpena Police Department were dispatched to Omni after a citizen reported seeing a vehicle backed up to an open door with its trunk open.  The citizen also reported that noises could be heard coming from within the building.  Upon arrival of police, the vehicle was gone and evidence of a forced entry was discovered.  Several computers were found to be missing.  Left at the scene, however, were the suspect's state issued I.D. card, as well as a prescription pill bottle containing suspected marijuana.  Both bore his name and address.

Alpena Police Department officers drove to the suspect's address and observed a man unloading computers from a vehicle in the driveway.  He was taken into custody and a search warrant was obtained to search his home for computers believed to have already been taken inside.

Upon searching his home, city officers located a hidden room in the basement emitting bright lights and the strong odor of growing marijuana.  HUNT detectives were summoned to the scene after the search warrant was amended to include narcotics.  The room was found to contain thirty-five growing marijuana plants, all in a state of mature production.  Several computers believed to have been stolen from the Omni building, a loaded shotgun, and a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun, were also seized from the home.

Detectives from the Alpena Police Department are pursuing criminal charges with regard to the breaking and entering offense, and HUNT will pursue charges regarding the marijuana growing operation.  The suspect remains lodged in the Alpena County Jail pending formal charges.

 

May 9, 2007

DRUG RAID IN ALPENA

The Huron Undercover Narcotics Team executed a drug raid at a residence in the 300 block of 5th Avenue, in the city of Alpena today.  The search warrant was obtained following an investigation into marijuana trafficking from the residence, and it's 42 year-old occupant.  Officers seized a quantity of marijuana, suspected drug money, and other evidence supporting the marijuana sale operation. 

The 42 year old resident, a repeat drug offender, was out on bond for drug charges from another jurisdiction.  He was arrested and lodged in the Alpena County Jail, pending charges of possession with intent to deliver marijuana.  HUNT was assisted in the raid by the Alpena City Police Department, the Alpena County Sheriff Department, and the Michigan State Police.

 

April 30, 2007

"POT 2.0" - MARIJUANA POTENCY DOUBLED SINCE THE 1980'S

The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) jointly released the latest analysis from the University of Mississippi’s Potency Monitoring Project.  The data revealed that levels of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, have reached the highest-ever levels since analysis of the drug began in the late 1970’s.  According to this data, the average amount of THC in seized samples has reached 8.5 percent.  This compares to an average of just under 4 percent reported in 1983.

Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of NIDA stated, “Science has shown that marijuana can produce adverse physical, mental, emotional, and behavioral changes, and - contrary to popular belief - it can be addictive.”  Higher potency marijuana may be contributing to a substantial increase in the number of American teenagers seeking treatment for marijuana dependence. 

John Walters, Director of NIDA stated, “This new report serves as a wake-up call for parents who may still hold outdated notions about the harms of marijuana.  Evidence now tells us that the higher-than-ever potency of today’s marijuana translates into serious health consequences for teens.  Among teens who are receiving treatment for drug abuse or dependence, more than 60% report marijuana as their primary drug of abuse.  Additionally, we are now seeing more mentions of marijuana during visits to emergency rooms than ever before.  A growing body of research now tells us that marijuana poses a serious threat to the health and futures of young people.  Parents need to start having critical conversations with their children about this drug.”

 

March 21, 2007

ADDITIONAL ACCOMPLICE ARRESTED ON TRAFFICKING AND CONSPIRACY CHARGES

In January, HUNT intercepted a shipment of cocaine and marijuana destined for the Alpena area and arrested three individuals on drug trafficking charges in Alcona County.  As a result of a follow-up investigation with regard to that complaint, a 58 year-old male, (father of one of the arrestees)  was identified as a fourth suspect.  He is alleged to have aided and abetted the three, as well as conspired with them in the delivery of marijuana.  This individual was arrested on March 20, and charged by the Alcona County Prosecutor's office with delivery of marijuana and conspiracy to deliver marijuana.  The penalty on both of these charges is up to 4 years in prison and/or a $20,000.00 fine.  The defendant remains lodged in the Alcona County Jail pending bond.

 

March 20, 2007

TWO REPEAT OFFENDERS ARRESTED BY HUNT

Two repeat drug offenders were arrested Thursday, March 15, in Montmorency County.  The investigation commenced early in the afternoon in Alpena, where HUNT officers observed suspicious activity by two suspects who were familiar to HUNT and had been previously arrested by the team for various narcotics violations.  One suspect, a 39 year-old female was currently on Circuit Court Probation for a drug conviction, and the other, a 43 year-old female had recently been paroled from prison on a drug conviction. 

The suspects were followed to a suspected drug dealer's home located on the county line between Montmorency and Otsego.  After leaving this residence, the two were followed to a secluded road near Lewiston where they were preparing to inject themselves with cocaine when HUNT officers interrupted.  Both females were arrested and lodged in the Montmorency County Jail on charges of possession of cocaine.  Both will also likey face charges of parole/probation violations.

The team then contacted the Straits Area Narcotics Enforcement Team (SANE) and assisted them in a search warrant at the suspected drug dealer's residence in Charlton Township, Otsego County.  There, SANE officers seized a quantity of drugs and arrested a 20 year-old male from Detroit on narcotics related charges. 

 

March 14, 2007

THIS PRESS RELEASE PROVIDED BY PRESQUE ISLE COUNTY PROSECUTING ATTORNEY, RICHARD STEIGER:

RE:  DRUG PARAPHERNALIA STATUTE

As of March 20, 2007, it will be unlawful for businesses to continue to sell pipes, bongs, and dugouts to smoke marijuana in Michigan.  The change in the law stems from a 2003 Alpena County case in which local law enforcement and the Alpena County Prosecutor's office challenged the sale of certain items considered to be drug paraphernalia, including pipes, bongs, and dugouts, by a local establishment doing business as The Concert Connection.  In turn, a hearing was held in the 26th Circuit Court at which time the Judge agreed that the challenged items, which included pipes, bongs, and dugouts, were drug paraphernalia.  Furthermore, the Court also held that the items were not exempt sales under another statute which allowed the sale of items "which may be used in the preparation or smoking of tobacco or smoking herbs other than a controlled substance."

Subsequently, the matter was appealed and on June 28, 2005, the Michigan Court of Appeals examined the two Michigan statutes at issue and agreed with the Circuit Court Judge that the items, including pipes, bongs, and dugouts, were in fact drug paraphernalia.  However, the Court declared that the other statute created a loophole which would allow the continued sale of the items as they may be used to smoke tobacco.  The Court conceded that the result in the case was absurd as the statutes were not consistent.  In turn, the Court invited the Legislature to reconsider and make appropriate amendments to the statute to eliminate the loophole and give the drug paraphernalia statute the "teeth it needs to enable it to appropriately limit the sale of drug paraphernalia in the state of Michigan."

In response, the Legislature accepted the Court's invitation and as of March 20, 2007, the statute which permitted the continued sale of items which "may be used in the preparation or smoking of tobacco or smoking herbs other than a controlled substance" has been eliminated.

"I cannot emphasize enough the importance the 2003 Alpena case played in ensuring the drug paraphernalia statute can now be enforced in Michigan" stated Richard K. Steiger, Presque Isle County Prosecutor and Legal Advisor for the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team.  "In response to the Alpena case, not only has the exemption which gutted the drug paraphernalia act as it applied to pipes, bongs, and dugouts been corrected by the Legislature, but also the Court of Appeals unambiguously held that pipes, bongs, and dugouts do in fact constitute drug paraphernalia.  Thus, any business which chooses to sell such items after March 20th can face criminal prosecution and sanctions."  "I commend the Alpena Prosecutor's Office in its initial attempt to enforce an ambiguous statute," said Steiger.  "Additionally, I would be remiss if I did not recognize the hard work and dedication of the H.U.N.T. team, especially the services of Detective Mike Hahn, and their continued efforts over the years to have an ambiguous law amended in order to keep drug paraphernalia off the streets."

 

March 8, 2007

ALPENA MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG TRAFFICKING CHARGES

The Huron Undercover Narcotics Team arrested a 26 year-old Alpena man Thursday night, following a three month long investigation.  During the course of the investigation, the suspect sold 4 ounces of cocaine to an undercover HUNT officer.  The investigation revealed that the suspect had been obtaining cocaine from a source in Lower Michigan, and transporting it to Alpena, where it was later sold in street level quantities. 

The suspect was charged with one count delivery of cocaine over 50 grams, and one count conspiracy to deliver cocaine.  He was lodged in the Alpena County Jail on a $200,000 / 10% bond.  Both of these charges are felonies, punishable by up to 20 years in prison.  This suspect has three prior drug related convictions.

 

January 26, 2007

HUNT INTERCEPTS COCAINE/MARIJUANA SHIPMENT

HUNT officers intercepted a shipment of just under one and a half ounces of cocaine, as well as one pound of marijuana destined for Alpena.  Following an extensive investigation, a traffic stop was conducted on a vehicle in Mitchell Township, Alcona County, as it was returning from the downstate area of Michigan, to Alpena, with the drugs.

A married couple, both age 26, as well as a 31 year-old male accomplice, were taken into custody and lodged in the Alcona County Jail pending formal charges.  HUNT was assisted in the traffic stop by troopers from the Michigan State Police, Alpena Post.

    

January 26, 2007

HEROIN TRAFFICKING CONSPIRACY UNCOVERED

The Huron Undercover Narcotics Team began an investigation in December of 2006, in which a controlled purchase of heroin was conducted in Ocqueoc Township, Presque Isle County.  The delivery was made by an Alpena County resident and two men from the Mackinaw City area.  During the follow-up investigation, detectives were able to develop additional suspects and learned that there was an organized group involved in the trafficking of heroin in Presque Isle, Cheboygan, and Mackinaw Counties.  HUNT was able to establish an informational source that allowed them access to the group's methods and future plans.

On January 26, 2007, HUNT officers provided the group with money in the Onaway area, to purchase heroin.  The group was then followed by HUNT surveillance officers to Pinconning, Michigan, where they were observed purchasing heroin from a single male suspect in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant.  The group was then surveilled back to Onaway, where they delivered the heroin, and were arrested immediately after the sale. 

An 18 year-old male from Carp Lake and a 19 year-old male from Cheboygan were both taken into custody on multiple drug charges and lodged in the Presque Isle County Jail pending formal charges.  The male suspect from the fast food establishment in Pinconning was taken into custody by members of the Bay Area Narcotics Enforcement Team (BAYONET).  It was established through interviews that this 23 year old was from Detroit, and had been supplying the group with heroin for approximately one year.  He was jailed on heroin delivery charges, as well as multiple outstanding arrest warrants.

 

January 20, 2007

HUNT ARRESTS TWO FUGITIVES

Following a tip from a narcotics investigation, members of the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team arrested an individual who was recently identified as a fugitive from justice in Crime Stoppers.  Taken into custody was Kevin L. Kowalsky, 23, from Alpena, on the strength of multiple bench warrants for felony charges.  According to HUNT Det. Lang, Kowalsky was attempting to conceal his whereabouts in the home by hiding in a closet after officers first observed him in the home.

Also taken into custody with the assistance of the State Police was a 25 year old, Scott R. Bannan, who had multiple bench warrants for misdemeanor charges.  Bannan was one of several individuals who officers had encountered at the home, and was also attempting to hide in a closet.

Both subjects were lodged at the Alpena County Jail on the outstanding warrants.

 

December 1, 2006

TWO ARRESTED FOR METHAMPHETAMINE DISTRIBUTION

Members of the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team arrested two people last night following two separate undercover purchases of Methamphetamine, also known as "Crank" or Crystal Meth."  The case was initiated by troopers from the Michigan State Police, Alpena Post, and was turned over to HUNT when it became apparent that Methamphetamine distribution was involved.

HUNT officers purchased quantities of the drug from a 42 year-old Alpena woman, and were able to identify the woman's Methamphetamine source and where he lived.  Following the second purchase, HUNT executed a search warrant at his home on Lockwood Street in the city of Alpena.  The search yielded 35 grams of Methamphetamine, as well as several bags of marijuana.  The Methamphetamine was individually packaged and ready for street sale.  The source was identified as a 40 year-old Alpena man, currently on parole for Heroin distribution.

Both subjects were lodged in the Alpena County Jail pending formal charges of Methamphetamine distribution by the Alpena County Prosecutor's office.

Methamphetamine is a powerful amphetamine or stimulant, usually produced in hidden clandestine labs.  Users of the drug quickly become addicted, often going days without sleep.  Long term use can cause severe paranoia and psychotic behavior.  This is the first time Methamphetamine has been purchased and seized by the HUNT team.  According to D/Lt. Rick Schultz, team commander, "the fact that this occurred on National Methamphetamine Awareness Day is quite a coincidence."

 

November 14, 2006

SUSPECTED HEROIN SHIPMENT IDENTIFIED AS FENTANYL

The recent seizure of a heroin shipment by the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team may have thwarted a number of overdose deaths in the Alpena area, according to team commander, D/Lt. Rick Schultz.  The suspected heroin was sent to the forensic crime laboratory where it was identified as Fentanyl.  Fentanyl is an extremely powerful and dangerous narcotic analgesic, used to treat medical patients who suffer from severe or chronic pain.  It is 50-100 times more powerful than morphine, and has been blamed for many overdose deaths throughout the United States.

Dr. H. Wesley Clark, Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment at the United States Department of Health and Human Services, recently posted a public health bulletin stating, "A combination of street drugs, taken together, is having a lethal effect in a number of communities across the country.  The root cause of these deaths appears to be the addition of Fentanyl to the heroin and cocaine being sold on the street."

According to D/Lt. Schultz, this is not the first time Fentanyl has been encountered by the HUNT team.  Within the past year, undercover purchases of heroin laced with Fentanyl have been made.  In addition, a 25 year-old Alpena woman died from an overdose after injecting heroin that was believed to have been mixed with Fentanyl. 

This lethal combination of heroin mixed with Fentanyl (nicknamed "Suicide") was identified as the cause of a sudden rash of overdose admissions and an estimated 33 deaths in the course of one week throughout Detroit.

Despite public warnings about the danger of the mix, it is believed that chronic heroin addicts were seeking it out in their never-ending quest to achieve a greater high.  Heroin addicts require more heroin or purer forms of the drug, as their addiction progresses.  When purer heroin becomes harder to find, this deadly combination becomes attractive to chronic addicts.  Some believe they can handle it, and others may be unaware of it's content.  Either can be fatal. 

In the recent HUNT seizure, high school age kids were bringing the drug to Alpena, that turned out to be Fentanyl.  In addition to two individuals that were jailed immediately, a third has been identified as having a direct role in the crime, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. 

The HUNT team sees heroin use and addiction as a serious, growing threat to the local community.  We urge parents to monitor their kids closely and to watch for signs of addiction.  These signs are sudden weight loss, decline in grooming habits, changes in friends, wearing clothes that conceal likely injection sites, moodiness, and changes in sleeping patterns, to name a few.

 

November 10, 2006

TWO ARRESTED IN HEROIN DELIVERY INVESTIGATION

The Huron Undercover Narcotics Team arrested two individuals last night following a traffic stop on U.S. 23 in Harrisville.  The traffic stop was the result of an investigation into the trafficking of heroin from downstate into the Alpena area.  The investigation resulted in the seizure of 65 packets of heroin, which would carry a street value of around two thousand dollars ($2,000.00).  The driver, an 18 year-old male from Presque Isle County and a 17 year-old female passenger from Alpena County were both arrested and charged with possession of heroin with intent to deliver.  Both subjects were lodged in the Alcona County Jail pending formal charges by the Alcona County Prosecutor.  The team was assisted in the traffic stop by the Michigan State Police, Alpena Post.

 

October 19, 2006

HUNT RECEIVES ODCP GRANT AWARD

D/Lt. Rick Schultz, Commander of the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team received notification from the Office of Drug Control Policy that the team will be awarded one hundred, sixty-five thousand dollars ($165,000.00) in grant funds for this fiscal year beginning October 1, 2006.

Due to the vastly reduced federal funding, the team is pleased to be granted the one hundred, sixty-five thousand dollars ($165,000.00), which is the same amount awarded for the 2005/2006 fiscal year.  These grant funds will provide approximately 20% of the team's total budget, with the remainder being provided by the Michigan State Police, the counties of Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency, and Presque Isle, the city of Alpena, and HUNT forfeiture funds.

 

September 7, 2006

HUNT INTERCEPTS HEROIN INTENDED FOR DELIVERY IN ALPENA

As a result of an investigation into a heroin trafficking operation, HUNT initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle, on September 1, 2006, as it entered Alcona County.  This vehicle was suspected to be transporting heroin from the downstate area to the Alpena area.  The driver, a 20 year-old male and his 18 year-old female companion, both from Alpena, were arrested as a result.  The female was found to be in possession of over 50 packets of heroin concealed on her person.  Also seized were used syringes and other narcotics paraphernalia, as well as the vehicle used to transport the narcotics.  Both subjects are currently lodged at the Alcona County Jail pending formal charges being filed by the Alcona County Prosecutor's office.  HUNT was assisted in the traffic stop by troopers from the Michigan State Police Alpena Post and the Lincoln Detachment.

 

August 23, 2006

HUNT ARRESTS TWO IN ALCONA COUNTY

Following an extensive investigation regarding the trafficking of heroin and cocaine in the Alpena area, HUNT conducted a traffic stop on M-65 in Mitchell Township on Monday, August 22, 2006.  The interdiction was part of the team's efforts to disrupt the flow of cocaine and heroin that continues to be transported from downstate by individuals who in turn either sell it in our community, or use it to feed their drug habits.  During this traffic stop, a quantity of heroin and cocaine were seized from the vehicle, as well as the vehicle itself, and a quantity of cash. 

Two 20 year-old Alpena residents were arrested and charged with possession of heroin with intent to deliver and possession of cocaine with intent to deliver.  Both remain lodged at the Alcona County Jail.

 

August 4, 2006

HUNT ARRESTS FOUR IN DRUG TRAFFICKING CONSPIRACY

HUNT arrested a 27 year-old Mikado man and his 18 year-old female companion earlier this week on delivery of marijuana and cocaine charges.  Information from that investigation and assistance from the Flint Area Narcotics Group (FANG) led to the identification of a 24 year-old Flint resident who was a current probationer with the Michigan Department of Corrections, and was supplying narcotics to the Mikado area.  HUNT was able to intercept his vehicle yesterday as it entered Alcona County on F-41 in Mikado Township.  The 24 year-old male and his 18 year-old female companion were arrested and taken into custody without incident, and later lodged at the Alcona County Jail.  HUNT detectives seized a quantity of cocaine and marijuana which was intended to be distributed in the Mikado area.  Also seized was a quantity of suspected drug money, a vehicle, and other tangible items under the drug forfeiture law. 

Both Genesee County residents were charged with one count possession with intent to deliver cocaine, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, conspiracy to deliver cocaine, and conspiracy to deliver marijuana.

All four subjects remain in custody at the Alcona County Jail pending arraignment/bond.

 

June 30, 2006

HUNT RAIDS NORTHMEN MOTORCYCLE CLUB

In the early morning hours of June 29, the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team executed two search warrants.  One at the Northmen Motorcycle Club on Scott Road in Hubbard Lake, and the other at one of the member's home located just down the street.  Seized during the search warrants were narcotics, firearms (one of which was a stolen handgun), stolen vehicles, and stolen vehicle component parts, as well as other evidence believed to be associated with drug trafficking operations.

Taken into custody on cocaine and marijuana trafficking charges was a 37 year-old Hubbard Lake native who is currently being held at the Alpena County Jail on a $300,000 cash or surety bond. 

Assisting in the raids were officers from the Michigan State Police, Alpena Post, K-9 unit, and Emergency Services Team, as well as the Alpena County Sheriff Department.  The Michigan State Police Alpena Post will be assisting in the investigation of the stolen vehicle operation, in which further charges are anticipated.

 

June 15, 2006

ALPENA RESIDENT ARRESTED FOLLOWING SEARCH WARRANT

HUNT detectives arrested a 51 year old male last night, following a raid of his residence.  The raid was conducted in the 1100 block of Pine Road, in Alpena Township after undercover officers conducted a series of drug purchases as part of their investigation.  Several pounds of marijuana were seized during the search warrant, along with a quantity of cash that was suspected to be drug proceeds, as well as a vehicle and other tangible property.  A secondary search warrant was executed at a business that the suspect operated on U.S. 23 South.  This search warrant resulted in the discovery/seizure of additional marijuana and evidence connected to this drug trafficking operation.

The suspect was charged with 3 counts delivery of marijuana and one count possess with intent to deliver marijuana.  He is currently lodged at the Alpena County Jail pending court activity.

The team was assisted during the raid by the Michigan State Police, Alpena Post.

 

May 12, 2006

PAROLE ABSCONDER BACK BEHIND BARS

A 36 year-old female parole absconder from the Michigan Department of Corrections is back behind bars following an encounter with the HUNT team.  Pamela Miller, who was currently on parole for delivery of cocaine in Wayne County, provided HUNT officers with a bogus name at a raid scene last evening.  HUNT officers discovered her true identity this morning, and was able to obtain her whereabouts via surveillance.  With the assistance of the Alpena Police Department, a traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle Miller was riding in, and she was taken into custody without incident. 

 

May 11, 2006

HUNT RAIDS DRUG CAMP

The events of the evening began with HUNT receiving a tip that an individual who was staying at a hotel just south of Alpena, was about to receive a delivery of crack cocaine.  Initial investigation revealed that the hotel occupant was a 42 year-old Charlevoix resident who was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant from Charlevoix County.  HUNT officers subsequently arrested this individual and conveyed him to the Charlevoix County Sheriff Department.

Meanwhile HUNT interdicted the crack cocaine delivery, which was being conducted by a 26 year-old Alpena resident.  Further investigation led to the execution of a search warrant at a hunting camp in Wilson Township.  This raid resulted in the seizure of crack cocaine, marijuana, firearms, suspected drug money, drug paraphernalia, and drug packaging materials.  4 of the 8 individuals present at the hunting camp at the time of the search warrant, were taken into custody on charges ranging from delivery of crack cocaine, possession of crack cocaine, maintaining a drug house, possession of marijuana and possession with intent to deliver marijuana. 

HUNT was assisted in the search warrant by officers from the Michigan State Police and the Alpena County Sheriff Department.

 

March 22, 2006

TWO ARRESTED FOLLOWING SEARCH WARRANT

A 69 year-old grandmother and a 20 year-old male boarder were arrested at a home on the north side of Alpena earlier this evening.  The two were arrested following a search warrant conducted by the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team.  HUNT investigators seized an amount of processed marijuana along with evidence supporting the sales of the product.  Also discovered during the search warrant was a small indoor marijuana growing operation in the basement of the residence which was linked to both individuals.

The 69 year-old was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and manufacture/possess marijuana.  The 20 year-old was arrested for manufacture/possess marijuana and possession of marijuana.  Both individuals were lodged at the Alpena County Jail pending formal charges being filed with the Alpena County Prosecutor's office.

HUNT was assisted in the execution of the search warrant by officers from the Alpena Police Department and the Michigan State Police.

 

March 13, 2006

HUNT ARRESTS SENIOR CITIZEN

Members of the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team arrested a 62 year-old male after a series of undercover narcotic purchases in Alpena.  The individual was taken into custody following a drug raid that occurred at his apartment last week and he is currently being held in the Alpena County Jail pending formal charges by the prosecutor's office.

According to D/Lt. Schultz, the suspect sold his narcotic prescriptions as a means to supplement his income.  The investigation revealed the this individual was obtaining prescription drugs that were being paid for by his health insurance, and he was not using.  He was instead selling them to the drug community at 100% profit.

 

March 6, 2006

HUNT 2005 ANNUAL REPORT RELEASED

The 2005 Huron Undercover Narcotics Team annual report has been completed and disseminated to the various governmental entities which have partnership with the team.  The report is also available for public review on the HUNT web page, www.huntteam.net

D/Lt. Schultz, team commander, stated that the the annual report provides an opportunity for the team to account to our partners and supporters how we have utilized our resources to pursue our objectives during the reporting year, and to outline our aspiration for the ensuing year.  It provides a review of the services HUNT has provided, with overviews and highlights.

2005 showed an increase of a little over 13% in new narcotic investigations, with the county of Alpena showing the largest increase.  D/Lt. Schultz explained that none of the new cases initiated were in Montmorency County, as they chose not to participate with the team last year, however Montmorency is back on board this year.  The report shows that there is a steady increase in repeat offenders.  For example, during the last quarter of the year D/Lt. Schultz said, seven out of ten individuals arrested had been previously arrested for a drug crime.  "That is a trend that continues to rise, same faces, same crimes" said Schultz.  Also, the sale of heroin and other opiates, along with cocaine and crack cocaine, account for over half of our cases, as compared to past years when the primary controlled substance was marijuana.

 

March 1, 2006

HUNT SEIZES OVER 2 OUNCES OF COCAINE IN ALPENA COUNTY

A trail of events that started in Rogers City last week, lead to the seizure of over two (2) ounces of cocaine in Alpena County. 

HUNT officers began an investigation in Rogers City, Presque Isle County, which uncovered a cocaine trafficking operation based in Alpena County.  HUNT officers subsequently conducted a search warrant at a rental unit on the north side of Alpena, which resulted in the seizure of cocaine, marijuana, and suspected drug money.  As a result, an 18 year old male and his 18 year old female companion were arrested and lodged at the Alpena County Jail.  The male was charged with one count delivery of cocaine and one count possess with intent to deliver marijuana.  The female was charged with one count delivery of cocaine.  A third individual, the 24 year old female renter of the property, was charged with maintaining a drug house, and was released at the scene.

As a result of this investigation, HUNT seized additional cocaine from a 16 year old male juvenile in Ossineke who was identified as being a principle in this narcotic trafficking operation.  The case pertaining to this juvenile has been turned over to the Alpena County Prosecuting Attorney for review.

HUNT was assisted in the search warrant by officers from the Alpena City Police Department and deputies from the Alpena County Sheriff Department.

 

February 17, 2006

HUNT RAIDS CRACK COCAINE DRUG HOUSE

The Huron Undercover Narcotics Team executed a search warrant on Richardson, near First Avenue in the city of Alpena in the evening hours of February 16, 2006.  The residence was considered a drug house (commonly called "crack house"), which was dealing primarily in crack cocaine, and is the third crack house HUNT busted within the past 12 months.

During the raid HUNT officers seized over a half ounce of crack cocaine, with a street value exceeding $1,000.00, hypodermic syringes, crack pipes, and other related drug paraphernalia, as well as an amount of cash which was suspected to be profits from narcotics sales.

Also seized in the raid was a loaded, semi-automatic handgun that had it's serial number filed off and tape wrapped around the trigger (taping a trigger reduces the risk of transferring fingerprints to the weapon, making it harder for police to trace such a weapon back to anyone who has used it in a crime).

Two individuals from Detroit, Michigan were taken into custody and lodged at the Alpena County Jail pending formal charges.  Released at the scene pending further investigation were the principle occupant of the home, along with three other individuals.

HUNT was assisted in the raid by Alpena Police Department and their K-9 unit. 

Crack cocaine is a highly addictive and powerful stimulant that is derived from powder cocaine.  Crack emerged as a drug of abuse in the mid 1980's and according to D/Lt. Schultz, the team has seen a recent surge in Alpena this past year.  He advised that recent narcotic investigations have revealed that along with heroin, crack has become a readily available drug in Alpena County.  The trend has changed from individuals traveling down-state to get their drugs, to the drug dealers traveling here to Northeast Michigan to deliver the drugs. 

Schultz advised that along with this type of drug trafficking, comes violence.  He noted that earlier in the week HUNT conducted a raid at a residence, and officers seized a handgun  with the serial number ground off, along with drugs and cash.  "Guns, dope and money are becoming a more frequent combination that the team is dealing with here in Northeastern Michigan" said D/Lt. Schultz.

 

January 14, 2006

HUNT ARRESTS COLLEGE STUDENT FOR DELIVERY OF CRACK COCAINE

The Huron Undercover Narcotics Team executed a search warrant at an apartment in the College House Apartments on campus of the Alpena Community College late afternoon on Saturday, January 14, 2006.  The search derived from a series of undercover operations involving the sale of crack cocaine.  During the search an undisclosed amount of cash and other evidence of the suspect's trafficking operation were seized.

A 22 year old male who is currently a student athlete at ACC was taken into custody.  The suspect was lodged at the Alpena County Jail pending formal charges of two counts delivery of crack cocaine.

HUNT was assisted in the search warrant by officers from the Alpena City Police Department, troopers from the Michigan State Police, and the Michigan State Police canine unit.

 

October 14, 2005

HUNT ARRESTS MOTHER/SON ON MARIJUANA CHARGES

Members of the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team Wednesday, arrested a 49 year old female for delivery of marijuana, and her 24 year old son for possession of marijuana, second offense.  These arrests were the result of an investigation into marijuana trafficking, and a search warrant at a home on Marywood Drive in the Brentwood Subdivision in Alpena Township, where a quantity of marijuana and cash were seized.  Troopers at the scene also arrested an 18 year old male on two outstanding warrants held by the Arenac County Sheriff Department.

The 24 year old son was awaiting sentencing on a delivery of schedule IV controlled substance charge as a result of a prior HUNT investigation.  Both mother and son remain in jail pending bond/court activity.  The 18 year old was later conveyed to the Arenac County Sheriff Department.

HUNT was assisted in the search warrant by the Alpena County Sheriff Department, the Michigan State Police, and the Alpena Police Department K-9 Unit.

 

October 12, 2005

HEROIN SEIZED DURING SEARCH WARRANT

On Tuesday, October 11, the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team conducted a search warrant in the 500 block of Dawson Street in the city of Alpena.  The search warrant was the result of a heroin trafficking investigation.  During the search warrant, a quantity of heroin, a quantity of cash (suspected drug trafficking proceeds), used needle syringes, and other drug paraphernalia were seized. 

Taken into custody at the scene were two 20 year-old male Alpena County residents on outstanding criminal warrants held by other departments.  One of the 20 year-old individuals was also charged in connection to the heroin investigation, and lodged at the Alpena County Jail.  He was later formally charged with two counts delivery of heroin.

An additional suspect, a 23 year old male Alpena resident, was arrested the following day on the charge of delivery of heroin.  He remains lodged in the Alpena County Jail.  The department of Corrections has also placed a detainer on him for a probation violation.

HUNT was assisted in the search warrant by officers from the Alpena Police Department , the Alpena County Sheriff Department, and Troopers from the Michigan State Police.

 

October 7, 2005

ODCP GRANT AWARDED TO HUNT

The Huron Undercover Narcotics Team received notification from the State of Michigan, Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP) that $165,000.00 in grant funds have been awarded the team for the fiscal year 2005/2006 budget.  The grant award reflects more than a 10% increase over last year's award of $149,000.00.  This increase is up substantially from the previous few years, which averaged 3%.

The ODCP received more than $14 million in application requests for Byrne/JAG Formula Grant funding this past cycle, with less than $10 million available to award.  D/Lt. Schultz, Team Commander, noted that the team did pretty well, considering that the available grant dollars were $6 million less than last year.

The ODCP grant provides approximately 22% of the team's funding, with the remainder being provided by the Michigan State Police, local participating entities, and forfeiture proceeds.  With regard to the participating entities, which provide 36% of the team's funding, both Alcona and Presque Isle Counties have millages in place to supplement their contribution to the team.  Alpena County and Alpena City provide their share from their existing resources, and Montmorency County discontinued providing support during the fiscal year 2001/2002.  Unfortunately, this past year is the first in the history of the team in which HUNT did not provide any narcotic enforcement for the citizens of Montmorency County.

 

October 5, 2005

THREE ARRESTED DURING HUNT SEARCH WARRANT

In the early evening hours of October 4, 2005, members of the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team executed a search warrant at 500 W. Miller Avenue in the city of Alpena.  The search warrant was executed following several undercover purchases of crack cocaine.

According to D/Sgt. Mike Hahn, officers seized an undisclosed amount of crack cocaine, marijuana, and several thousand dollars in cash.  Three men were arrested at the residence and lodged in the Alpena County Jail on charges of delivery of crack cocaine, possession of crack cocaine, and possession of marijuana.

The search warrant was the result of a month long investigation into the distribution of crack cocaine in the city of Alpena.

Delivery of crack cocaine is a felony and carries a maximum penalty of 1-20 years in prison and/or a $25,000.00 fine.  Possession of crack cocaine is a felony and carries a maximum penalty of 4 years in prison and/or a $25,000.00 fine.

HUNT officers were assisted by officers from the Alpena City Police Department, the Alpena County Sheriff Department, and the Michigan State Police, Alpena Post.

 

September 20, 2005

ALPENA MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON

On Tuesday, September 20, Alpena resident, John Paul Rea, was sentenced in the 26th Circuit Court for his role in the distribution of M.D.M.A. (ecstasy) and marijuana in the Alpena area.  Circuit Court Judge, John Kowalski sentenced Rea to a term of two to four years for delivery of marijuana, two to four years for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, and four to twenty years for possession of M.D.M.A. with intent to deliver. 

Rea's sentencing was the end result of a three month long investigation, conducted by the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team.  According to D/Lt. Rick Schultz, commander of the HUNT team, Rea was the head of a marijuana and ecstasy distribution ring, in which he had several underlings trafficking the drugs and funneling most of the profits back to him.  The team was able to catch Rea in the act of delivering a large quantity of marijuana.  As a result, a search warrant was executed at Rea's home on March 15th, where several pounds of marijuana and 58 ecstasy pills were seized.  Rea was arrested at his home and charged with multiple controlled substance violations.  Rea later accepted a sentencing agreement and pled guilty to all counts, avoiding a trial in circuit court.

M.D.M.A., more commonly known by it's street name, "ecstasy," is a powerful hallucinogenic form of amphetamine, and is a popular street drug used at all-night "rave" parties.  M.D.M.A. normally comes in pill form, and is sold on the street for $20.00 to $30.00 per pill.

 

July 26, 2005

HUNT COMMAND BOARD ELECTS NEW OFFICERS

At the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team regular board meeting held on Friday, July 22, 2005, members of the Command Board elected new officers to two-year terms.  Elected as Chairman is Sheriff Douglas Ellinger of Alcona County.  Vice-Chairman is F/Lt. Michael Caldwell, Michigan State Police Alpena Post Commander.  Secretary/Treasurer is Sheriff Steven Kieliszewski, of Alpena County, and Legal Advisor is Donald McLennan, Presque Isle County Prosecuting Attorney.

Stepping down as Chairman is Alcona County Prosecuting Attorney Thomas Weichel, who held that leadership role for thirteen years.  Mr. Weichel stated "It has been a pleasure to meet and work with so many committed and quality people who truly understand the need to support the work that HUNT does in Northeast Michigan.  Without the leadership of the Board and the commitment of the team members, the Sunrise Side would not be as safe for the citizens as it is today."  HUNT Team Commander Rick Schultz stated, "Mr. Weichel historically demonstrated unparalleled leadership traits and qualities in these past thirteen years as Chairman and I am confident he will maintain an  active role as a board member".  Schultz went on to say that the newly elected Command Board of Directors have those same leadership traits and qualities.  "I'm looking forward to developing an even stronger partnership with them in their new leadership roles and responsibilities."

The HUNT Command Board is responsible for the development of the governing policies and guiding principles by which the team is managed, such as review of organizational goals when considering the community needs, assessments, and the internal agency review findings.

June 18, 2005

An alert pharmacy employee leads to the arrest of a 39 year-old female by the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team

The arrest was the result of an attempted procurement of a fraudulent prescription for Schedule III narcotics.  As the investigation unfolded, narcotic investigators discovered two additional pharmacies in the area where the suspect used fraudulent means to obtain prescription narcotics.  The 39 year-old female was arrested and lodged at the Alpena County Jail, on charges of Controlled Substance-Obtaining by Fraud, and Attempted Obtaining Controlled Substance by Fraud.  D/Lt. Schultz, Team Commander, credited the pharmacy employee for alerting the authorities of the suspicious activity, and noted that without this kind of assistance from the public this type of criminal activity would likely go unchallenged.

 

June 10, 2005

TWO FOUND GUILTY ON COCAINE CHARGES IN PRESQUE ISLE COUNTY

Following seven and a half hours of jury deliberation, jurors returned guilty verdicts on seven of the eight charges against Terry Ganske, 46, of Millersburg, and his girlfriend Sheila Markey, 40, of Rogers City. 

Ganske was found guilty of four charges, including Conspiracy to Possess 450 to 999 grams of Cocaine; Conspiracy to Possess With Intent to Deliver 450 to 999 grams of Cocaine; Delivery of 50 to 449 grams of Cocaine; and delivery of Marijuana.

Markey was found guilty of Conspiracy to Possess 450 to 999 grams of Cocaine; Delivery of 50 to 449 grams of Cocaine; and Delivery of Marijuana, Aid and Abet.

The investigation conducted by the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team uncovered an elaborate drug trafficking scheme that encompassed over a year span, where cocaine and marijuana was trafficked from out of state to the Presque Isle County area.  Based on the amount of drugs involved in this case, Presque Isle County Prosecutor Don McLennan said, "We were able to bust the biggest drug dealer that we've ever taken down in Presque Isle County."

 

April 14, 2005

HUNT SEIZES $217,000 WORTH OF DRUGS

Last night an undercover officer purchased Oxycodone pills from a 20 year old Belknap Township resident in Presque Isle County.  The subject was subsequently arrested, and lodged in the Presque Isle County Jail.  Following his arrest, officers conducted a consent search of the suspect's home, and seized over 3,100 additional pills, a quantity of marijuana, a handgun, a vehicle, and an amount of cash.  The pills are prescription Oxycodone, 80 mg., and have an estimated street value of $217,000.00.

The 20 year old was formerly charged today with one count of delivery of Oxycodone, and one count of possession with intent to deliver Oxycodone.  Both are felony charges, and if convicted could result in prison for up to seven years and/or $10,000.00 in fines.  An additional charge of possession of marijuana could result in up to one year in jail and/or $2,000.00 in fines.  The suspect remains lodged in the Presque Isle County Jail on a $1,000.00 cash bond.

D/Lt. Schultz advised that in the southern part of the country where the addiction to Oxycodone has run rampant, the drug community refers to the narcotic painkillers as "Hillbilly Heroin."  Oxycodone is designed to be swallowed whole, however abusers ingest the drug in a variety of ways.  Drug abusers often chew the tablets or crush the tablets and snort the powder.  Because the tablets are water soluble, crushed tablets can be dissolved in water and the solution injected.  These are all ways that the drug abuser can defeat the time release properties of the product, thus allowing them to obtain the euphoric effect.  Some experts have said that Oxycodone provides the perfect high, but like all opiate-based drugs, it has a powerfully addictive property because the body quickly builds up a tolerance to it.

 

March 15, 2005

HUNT EXECUTES TWO SEARCH WARRANTS IN ALPENA

A month long investigation culminated today with the execution of two search warrants in Alpena.  Both search warrants were conducted at residences, one in the city of Alpena, and the other in the township of Alpena.  Both of these residences were believed to be connected to a marijuana and ecstasy trafficking operation that was being led by a 28 year old Alpena resident.  The search warrants resulted in the seizure of several pounds of marijuana and 58 ecstasy tablets, as well as two motor vehicles, a quantity of cash, and other evidence associated with the trafficking operation. 

The 28 year old individual was taken into custody and is currently being held in the Alpena County Jail on felony charges, pending formal charges being filed with the Alpena County Prosecutor's office. 

This 28 year old was discharged from parole with the Michigan Department of Corrections in October of 2003.  He has been suspected by the HUNT team for some time, but managed to keep a very low profile in the drug community.  A recent arrest by a uniform officer led to information being conveyed to the HUNT team, and ultimately this investigation.

HUNT was assisted in these search warrants by the Alpena City Police Department, the Alpena County Sheriff Department, and the Michigan State Police.

 

March 4, 2005

HEROIN USER ARRESTED BY HUNT

Last night, an undercover HUNT officer observed a suspicious individual in a vehicle in the parking lot of the McDonalds restaurant on Chisholm Street in Alpena.  This individual was exhibiting some indicators that warranted further investigation.  Upon contact, the subject was in the process of preparing his heroin for injection with a syringe.  He was also in possession of approximately 1/8 ounce of heroin, which is about 35 doses of the drug.

This 26 year old male, formerly of Alpena, is currently a resident of Monroe, Michigan.  He is being held in the Alpena County Jail, pending formal criminal charges being filed with the Alpena County Prosecutor's office.  HUNT was assisted in this incident by the Michigan State Police of Alpena.

D/Lt. Schultz, HUNT commander, said that the ironic facet of this arrest and seizure was that it wasn't the result of a normal undercover investigation.  It was an offshoot of what the team does when things aren't in the works.  Each of the HUNT detectives develop training and expertise while on the team that allow them to recognize situations like this one.  Who would expect a vehicle in a parking lot of one of our fast food establishments, to be occupied by an individual who was getting ready to shoot up with heroin, and then most likely drive away?

D/Lt. Schultz stated "with over 25 years with the Michigan State Police, the brazen actions of the narcotic community here over the past couple of years reminds me of when I worked narcotics down state, that's the sad reality.  Once the drug addiction begins, the path leads to crime.  Most home break-ins, robberies, and larcenies (shoplifting, etc.) are committed to support the drug habit, so we all pay."

 

February 24, 2005

HUNT 2004 ANNUAL REPORT COMPLETED

The Huron Undercover Narcotics Team 2004 Annual Report has been completed, and now can be reviewed by the public on the team's web site.  The hard copies of the report are being printed and will soon be distributed to the associated governmental entities.

2004 was a year of new heights and achievements for the team, D/Lt. Schultz said, with the arrest of 118 narcotic offenders on 182 related narcotic charges, along with an additional 18 criminal charges, and 23 fugitives.  This figure is up 31% from last year.  One of the alarming areas that the report identifies is the extremely high rate of repeat offenders.  Over 64% of those arrested had prior criminal arrest convictions, and 23% had arrest convictions by the HUNT team.   This year, via it's interdiction efforts and investigations the team seized over $482,000 worth of drugs/narcotics from our streets, and over $82,000 in drug forfeiture proceeds were adjudicated.

D/Lt. Schultz stated, "We are all aware that there is a direct correlation between drugs and crime in our community.  We also know that criminals do more than destroy lives, they also steal the sense of safety, well being and freedom in our community.   I am convinced that by combining our talent, resources, and technology, we are more successful in our efforts.  Removing drug dealers from streets and neighborhoods, and restoring a sense of peace and tranquility in our communities is our mission.  HUNT officers are committed to making a difference in our community and will continue to pledge their efforts in achieving this mission."

 

February 2, 2005

FUGITIVE ARRESTED BY HUNT

A 21 year old Alpena resident was arrested by the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team on two outstanding warrants Wednesday.  The team was alerted by the Michigan State Police, Sault Ste. Marie Post, that this individual was wanted for a home invasion where firearms were stolen in Chippewa County earlier this year.  He was also the principal suspect in a narcotics investigation that HUNT was conducting in Alpena. 

"He was aware that the team was looking for him and was playing a cat and mouse game with us, eluding our grasp twice recently,"  Schultz said.  "That came to a close this evening when narcotics investigators captured him at a residence which he frequently visits."

The other outstanding warrant was issued out of the 26th Judicial Circuit Court of Alpena County for probation violation, after he had failed to report to his probation officer.  The man was on probation for a 2003 conviction of delivery of controlled substances (Ecstasy and Heroin), as a result of a HUNT investigation.

The man was lodged at the Alpena County Jail pending court proceedings on the two arrest warrants, as well as additional charges that will be sought by HUNT for his continued trafficking in controlled substances.  Following court appearances in Alpena County, he will be transported to Sault Ste. Marie where he will be arraigned on the home invasion charge.

HUNT was assisted in the arrest by the K-9 trooper from the Michigan State Police, Alpena Post.

 

January 26, 2005

HUNT TEAM NABS COCAINE TRAFFICKERS IN ALCONA COUNTY

Members of the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team nabbed cocaine traffickers last night during an undercover narcotic operation.  Seized during the covert operation was approximately 2 ½ ounces of powder cocaine, with a street value of over $10,000.00, along with a small quantity of marijuana, intended for distribution in the area.  Narcotics officers also seized an undisclosed amount of money during the bust. 

Two individuals, both from Saginaw, Michigan were arrested and lodged at the Alcona County Jail.  They were formally charged this morning by the Alcona County Prosecutor, each with one count delivery of cocaine, 50-450 grams, (20 year felony) and one count possession of cocaine, less than 25 grams (4 year felony).  Both subjects remain in custody, pending a formal bond hearing.

Also apprehended during this investigation was a 16 year old juvenile from Saginaw, who was an escapee from a juvenile detention facility. 

 

January 21, 2005

HUNT TEAM FINDING MORE SERIOUS DRUGS

Members of the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team, over the past two weeks, have stepped up their covert street operations due to some excellent undercover work, said D/Lt. Schultz.  He went on to say "it just seems that we are being inundated with a smorgasbord of different types of drugs.  More of the drugs that we are encountering now have those addictive properties far more powerful than some of the past so-called recreational drugs such as marijuana, and appear to be more accessible here in our communities than in years past."  OxyContin, vicodin, and methadone continue to be those drugs that are commonly seized during our investigations.  Heroin has reared it's head again, and most likely will be a permanent narcotic in the community.  Powder cocaine and it's more addictive form, crack cocaine are now being purchased during our street operations, along with ecstasy, which is historically targeted more for the teenager community by the drug dealers, and has found a market here.

D/Lt. Schultz went on to say, "these past two weeks we have been back and forth from Alpena County to Alcona County, building cases and making arrests, with over 70% of those arrested having prior drug arrests and convictions.  Search warrants have resulted in the additional seizure of drugs and evidence of trafficking and we intend to follow up on those investigative leads.  We are also finding that a vast majority of these drug trafficking operations involve a linkage to areas outside Northern Michigan, where the accessibility of narcotics like heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, and ecstasy are prevalent.  There are two reasons why these addictive drugs are being trafficked in our community; number one, there is a need to feed the addiction of the drug community, and number two, the high street markup of the drugs...money or what we would call in the private sector, a strong profit with minimal risk.

 

January 6, 2005

HUNT INVESTIGATION LEADS TO FEDERAL CONVICTION OF A CANADIAN CITIZEN

An undercover narcotics investigation that was first initiated by members of the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team in 2001, involving the sale of ecstasy in Montmorency County, has ended in the conviction of a Canadian citizen.

As the investigation unraveled, and with the inclusion of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), it revealed an elaborate trafficking operation of ecstasy tablets into the United States from Canada.  Subsequently, Chanh Chan Lao, of Toronto, Canada, was arrested (indicted) federally.  In November of 2004, following a 6 day jury trial in Bay City, Michigan, Lao was found guilty of various violations of federal drug laws.

Assistant United States Attorney Michael Hluchaniuk, who prosecuted the case, said, "the evidence presented at the trial established that Mr. Lao caused the importation of over 600,000 ecstasy tablets between 1999 and 2003 into Michigan from Canada.  These ecstasy tablets were then distributed in various locations in Michigan, including the Alpena area."

Following Lao's conviction, Lao was scheduled for sentencing in February of 2005.  Based on the verdicts returned by the jury, Mr. Lao faces a minimum of 30 years in prison and a fine. 

This investigation also included Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

D/Lt. Rick Schultz, HUNT commander, advised that ecstasy is the street name for MDMA, which is a laboratory produced drug that was banned in 1985, based on evidence that it caused long-term brain damage.  Ecstasy is a Schedule 1 controlled substance, in the same category as heroin.  It is manufactured by drug dealers in illegal laboratories and sold on the street.  In recent years, it has become especially popular at huge all-night dance parties called "raves".  Ecstasy is a mind-altering drug that also works as a stimulant.  It causes a sense of euphoria, empathy, self-acceptance, and emotional closeness to others.  It also causes deep depression, anxiety, and paranoia, sometimes for weeks after taking the drug.  It increases heart rate and blood pressure that sometimes causes dehydration at a dangerous level.  Ecstasy can dramatically lower inhibitions and increase the risk of sexual assault.  Some studies have shown that it can cause long-term brain damage and memory impairment, even after a single dose, and sometimes will cause death.  D/Lt. Schultz advised that ecstasy has a firm footing here in the community and is warning parents to be alert of it's presence.  Ecstasy usually comes in pill form, in many shapes and sizes, and makers often put brand-name logos or other symbols on them. 

 

January 5, 2005

HUNT ARRESTS TWO FOR DELIVERY OF HEROIN

Alcona County, Mitchell Township:  Members of the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team, with the assistance of the MSP Alpena Post, arrested two individuals from Grayling, Michigan in Alcona County for delivery of heroin.  HUNT investigators intercepted the duo, boyfriend and girlfriend, while they were en route to the Alpena area to make a delivery of heroin.  The 23 year old male individual, and his 19 year old female companion, both formerly of Alpena, were charged by the Alcona County Prosecutor, Thomas Weichel, with possession with intent to deliver heroin.

HUNT investigators seized an unspecified amount of suspected heroin, cash, and a motor vehicle.  A follow-up investigation conducted with the assistance of the Strike Team Investigative Narcotics Group (STING) seized an additional amount of suspected heroin and marijuana from a residence associated with the couple, in Grayling, Michigan.

D/Lt. Schultz advised that the couple had moved from the Alpena area following HUNT's investigation in December, of a heroin trafficking operation in the Alpena area.  "When we turned up the heat, they moved out of the area, but still continued to maintain their relationship with the narcotic community here in Alpena.  As long as there is a need to feed the addition of heroin here, individuals like this will continue to peddle their product, no matter where they set up house", D/Lt. Schultz said.

Both individuals remain in custody in the Alcona County Jail, and the investigation continues.  D/Lt. Schultz anticipates additional charges being filed with the Alcona County Prosecutor's office.

 

December 16, 2004

FORMER ALPENA RESIDENT SENTENCED TO 12 1/2 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON

On December 16, 2004, Judge David Lawson sentenced former Alpena resident, Gregory Michael Schloff, 26, to twelve and a half years in federal prison for his role in the distribution of heroin throughout Alpena in 2002 and 2003.  Schloff was sentenced in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, after being convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and three counts of Misuse of a Communications Device, earlier this year.

In early 2003, members of the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team, (HUNT) began investigating the emergence of widespread heroin trafficking and use in the Alpena area.  After conducting multiple undercover heroin purchases, HUNT officers began arresting and interviewing heroin traffickers in Alpena.  These interviews resulted in the identification of Schloff as the heroin source for most of the local dealers.  Investigators learned that Schloff had moved to Oak Park, a suburb west of Detroit, and from there, was supplying heroin to traffickers in Alpena.  Through the use of search warrants, HUNT investigators also learned that money was changing hands between Schloff and the Alpena traffickers via Western Union money wire transfers.  "This eventually resulted in Schloff being charged with the crime of misusing a communications device," according to D/Sgt. Mike Hahn.

Due to the complex nature of the case, HUNT officers presented their investigation to the United States Attorney's office, on December 9, 2003, in Bay City, Michigan.  The case was adopted by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), who assisted HUNT in building a conspiracy case against Schloff.  He was later indicted by a federal grand jury on July 1, 2004.

"We will not hesitate to expand an investigation as far as it needs to go, in order to grab someone further up the food chain.  We've established an excellent relationship with the U.S. Attorney's office and the Drug Enforcement Administration over the years."  Hahn said.  "Both agencies have always made their resources available to us when the circumstances call for it.  Obviously they are concerned about what is going on in Northeastern Michigan.

According to D/Sgt. Hahn, this investigation is continuing and more indictments are anticipated.

 

September 29, 2004

HUNT INVESTIGATION LEADS TO FEDERAL INDICTMENT

D/Lt. Rick Schultz, commander of the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team, held a news conference Tuesday, regarding the federal indictment of former Alpena resident Gregory M. Schloff, who was determined to be part of a heroin distribution ring.

The investigation began in July of 2003, when members of the team focused on identifying sources for heroin in the community.  During this investigation, Gregory M. Schloff, 26, of Oak Park, formerly of Alpena, was determined to have been responsible for the distribution of between 283 and 340 grams of heroin in the Alpena area.  The complaint was presented to U.S. District Attorney Michael Hluchaniuk in Bay City, and the Drug Enforcement Administration adopted the case.  In June of 2004, Schloff was indicted by a federal grand jury in Bay City, and charged with one count of conspiracy to deliver heroin over 100 grams and three counts of misuse of a communication device.

Three other individuals from the Alpena area were identified as being part of this heroin trafficking conspiracy, as well as Schloff's source, "Mr. E", who the DEA, in cooperation with the HUNT team, is now building a case against.

"We didn't just put out the fire in this trafficking operation, we stomped it out," said D/Lt. Schultz, "We didn't just stomp out the fire, we stomped out the guy who set the fire, and we are going after the guy who sold the match to the guy who started the fire."

Lt. Jeff Anthony, commander of the Michigan State Police Post in Alpena commented, "The users, sellers and distributors of heroin have to get their money somewhere.  Those that aren't at the top of the chain, where they're making good money on drug sales, are the ones that are breaking into our hunting camps, breaking into our cars, stealing radios, things like that."

 

September 21, 2004

HUNT RECEIVES GRANT MONEY FOR "AWARENESS" PROJECT

In September of 2003, HUNT applied for and received a grant from the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan.  The grant was for project "Awareness", and was intended to promote public awareness of the effects of drug trafficking and use, as well as provide a narcotics identification handbook to school officials, EMS personnel, and law enforcement.  The project was completed in September of this year, and included the narcotics identification handbook, as well as a series of three placemats that were distributed to various local restaurants in the four counties of Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency, and Presque Isle.  The team recently received a check, in the amount of $3,223.95 from the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan, for full payment of the "Awareness" project.

Thanks, Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan!

 

September 19, 2004

SEARCH WARRANT EXECUTED IN THE CITY OF ALPENA

Members of the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team executed a search warrant at a residence in the city of Alpena last night.  The search warrant was the result of the arrest of two male individuals for conspiracy to deliver cocaine, following a controlled purchase of one ounce of powder cocaine.  During the search warrant and additional 1 ¼ ounces of powder cocaine was seized, as well as 1 ounce of marijuana and approximately $1,000.00 in cash. 

The 29 year old Alpena resident has four prior felony narcotic delivery convictions, two misdemeanor narcotic convictions, and was out on bond for two felony narcotic delivery charges which stemmed from a January 2002 HUNT investigation.  The companion, a 27 year old Alpena resident, has no prior narcotic convictions, but was convicted of two assault with a dangerous weapon charges after being involved in an assault with a handgun at a bar in Alpena in 2000.

Both arrested subjects were lodged at the Alpena County Jail, pending issuance of warrants by the Alpena County Prosecutor's office.  HUNT was assisted at the search warrant scene by the Alpena Police Department and the Michigan State Police.

 

September 3, 2004

OVER 300 MARIJUANA PLANTS SEIZED BY THE HUNT TEAM

Officers of the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team completed Operation HEMP (Help Eliminate Marijuana Planting) flights this week.  Operation HEMP is Michigan's domestic marijuana eradication/suppression program.  Operation HEMP utilizes cooperation between state, county, and local law enforcement agencies. 

This week's operations resulted in the seizure of over 300 marijuana plants by members of the HUNT team.  The operation involved various plots that were identified through the use of air surveillance and investigative tips that HUNT developed during the course of this operation. 

The largest grow operation involved the seizure of 174 marijuana plants associated with a homeowner in the southern portion of Presque Isle County on Tuesday.  HUNT officers with the assistance of the Michigan State Police Alpena Post, arrested the homeowner (a 53 year old Metz Township resident) and an associate at the scene after their failed attempt to destroy part of the crop.  The team seized various articles associated with growing marijuana plants, which were discovered outdoors, as well as a fairly elaborate indoor grow operation.  The associate was later released, and the homeowner was lodged in the Presque Isle County Jail.  A subsequent felony warrant was issued by the 89th District Court, charging the homeowner with a single count of controlled substance - delivery/manufacture 5-45 kilograms of marijuana.  It is alleged that the homeowner manufactured 20 marijuana plants or more, but less than 200.  If convicted the homeowner could face a maximum of 7 years in prison and/or a $500,000.00 fine.  The homeowner has since been released on bond.

The seizures of other marijuana plants discovered during these missions netted over 100 plants.  These seizures involved areas in Alpena, Montmorency, and Presque Isle Counties, and HUNT's investigative efforts have identified individuals associated with these grow and cultivation sites.

 

August 27, 2004

TWO SEARCH WARRANTS EXECUTED IN ALCONA COUNTY

Officers of the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team executed two search warrants in Glennie, Michigan, on Thursday night, after making several undercover purchases of marijuana at the two locations.  The search warrants followed an investigation that lasted several weeks.

Officers seized multiple marijuana plants found growing on the property at one residence, as well as processed marijuana inside the home.  In addition, several firearms were seized, including a "sawed off shotgun".  The owners of the home were not present when officers arrived, and arrest warrants are being pursued.

Immediately following the first search warrant, HUNT officers traveled across town and executed the second, resulting in the seizure of multiple marijuana plants found growing on the property.  Inside the home, officers seized processed marijuana, which was ready for street sale, as well as digital scales and a loaded rifle.  A 47 year old man identified as the homeowner, was questioned at the scene and released.  Arrest warrants will be sought.

Delivery of marijuana, possessing it with the intent to deliver, and manufacturing (growing) marijuana are all felony offenses punishable by 4 years in prison and/or a $20,000.00 fine.  Possession of a short-barreled shotgun is also a felony offense punishable by 5 years in prison and/or a $2,500.00 fine.

 

August 25, 2004

COUPLE ARRESTED IN PRESQUE ISLE COUNTY

The Huron Undercover Narcotics Team arrested a couple early this morning on narcotic related charges after completing a five month long investigation involving the trafficking of cocaine from out of state sources to Presque Isle County. 

In March of this year, 45 year old Terry Ganske of Millersburg, Michigan, was arrested and charged with one count felony controlled substance - deliver/manufacture cocaine, 50 to 449 grams, and one count controlled substance - deliver/manufacture marijuana after narcotics investigators intercepted over nine ounces of cocaine along with four pounds of processed marijuana. 

Continued investigation revealed that this narcotics trafficking enterprise was of a larger scale, involving more individuals than originally uncovered.  Therefore, the original charges were dismissed without prejudice, in an effort to further the investigation. 

The conclusion was that this narcotics trafficking enterprise was ongoing for a period of two years, and had involved the delivery of approximately 34 ounces of cocaine and close to 23 pounds of processed marijuana, from out of state sources, to Presque Isle County.  Two individuals, were charged, and arrested this morning as follows:

Terry L. Ganske, 45, of Millersburg, Michigan

Count 1 Conspiracy - Illegal act/Illegal Manner - Possess with intent to deliver 450 to 1,000 grams cocaine (Felony:  30 years and/or $500,000)
Count 2 Controlled Substance - Delivery/Manufacture 50 to 449 grams of cocaine (Felony:  20 years and/or $250,000)
Count 3 Controlled Substance - Delivery/Manufacture Marijuana (Felony:  4 years and/or $20,000)

Sheila R. Markey, 39, of Rogers City, Michigan

Count 1 Conspiracy - Illegal act/Illegal Manner - Possess with intent to deliver 450 to 1,000 grams cocaine (Felony:  30 years and/or $500,000)
Count 2 Controlled Substance - Delivery/Manufacture 50 to 449 grams of cocaine - Did Aid or Abet (Felony:  20 years and/or $250,000)
Count 3 Controlled Substance - Delivery/Manufacture Marijuana - Did Aid or Abet (Felony:  4 years and/or $20,000)

According to the 89th District Court, bond for Ganske was set at $50,000.00 or 10%, and bond for Markey was set at $25,000.00 or 10%.  Both are currently being held at the Presque Isle County Jail.

 

August 18, 2004

ODCP GRANT AWARDED TO HUNT

D/Lt. Rick Schultz, Team Commander of the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team received notification from the State of Michigan, Office of Drug Control Police (ODCP) that $149,000.00 in grant funds will be applied to the team's fiscal year 2004-2005 budget.  This award is a 2.75 % increase over last year's $145,000.00.

The ODCP received more than $20 million in application requests for Byrne and Local Law Enforcement Block Grant funding this past cycle, and slightly less than $16 million was available to award.

Funding received from the ODCP has historically accounted for an average of approximately 26% of the team's operating budget, with the Michigan State Police providing approximately 39%, local government entities contributing approximately 25%, and HUNT forfeiture dollars the remaining 10%.

 

August 16, 2004

Multiple arrests during a narcotics investigation in Presque Isle County. 

The Huron Undercover Narcotics Team conducted a covert investigation of a narcotics transaction that occurred in the Rogers City Little League Park last Wednesday.  Following the transaction, a 20 year old Rogers City resident was arrested and charged with one count delivery/manufacture of marijuana and one count possession with intent to deliver marijuana.  This 20 year old had recently been involved in an investigation by a Michigan State Police Trooper from the Alpena Post, which resulted in close to a pound of marijuana being seized near the southern border of Presque Isle County.  During this arrest, an accompanying 20 year old male was arrested for driving while license suspended.  An 18 year old male from Rogers City was cited for minor in possession of alcohol, transporting open intoxicants in a motor vehicle, and no operator's license.  This investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant at a home on Sixth Street in Rogers City, where officers seized narcotics related evidence and drug paraphernalia.  Two additional arrests were made at this residence when two Rogers City female athletes arrived, both in possession of marijuana.  A 17 year old female was arrested and lodged at the Presque Isle County Jail, and a 16 year old juvenile was released to a parent, pending charges via a juvenile petition being filed by the Prosecutor's office.  HUNT was assisted in this incident by members of the Rogers City Police Department and the Presque Isle County Sheriff Department.

 

August 5, 2004

Delivery/Manufacture of marijuana in Presque Isle County

A Huron Undercover Narcotics Team investigation in the month of July resulted in the arrest of two Presque Isle County residents after a controlled purchase of marijuana.  Following the undercover operation a 23 year old Belknap Township resident and a 19 year old Bearinger Township resident were arrested last Wednesday the 28th of July by members of the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team at a home just outside Rogers City.  Following the execution of a search warrant that HUNT detectives obtained for the home of the Belknap Township resident, officers seized over a half pound of processed marijuana, a weight scale, a firearm, and additional narcotic paraphernalia.  HUNT detectives also seized an array of personal property along with a vehicle under the state narcotic forfeiture act.

Each of the individuals were lodged that evening at the Presque Isle County Jail, and charged the following day with:  two counts of controlled substance - delivery/manufacture of marijuana and one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver marijuana.

In other narcotic related activity, members of the team arrested a 40 year old male resident of Onaway on a single count of controlled substance - delivery/manufacture of marijuana as a result of a narcotic probe in Onaway earlier last month (July).

HUNT detectives also filed a Juvenile Petition on a 16 year old via the Presque Isle County Prosecutor's office after investigators discovered that he was manufacturing marijuana at his residence in Onaway.

 

July 29, 2004

HUNT Activity Spans Three Counties: 

Members of the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team arrested two Flint, Michigan residents for delivery of methamphetamine, under 50 grams, Tuesday after conducting an investigation that led to the seizure of methamphetamine at a Loud Township home in Montmorency County.

Earlier that week deputies from the Alcona County Sheriff Department arrested a 32 year old male and a 30 year old female, both from Flint, on a narcotic related offense.  Once information was obtained to lead the Alcona County authorities to believe that their narcotic activity crossed over county lines, the multi-jurisdictional narcotic interdiction team (HUNT) was brought into the investigation.  HUNT seized additional drugs from the Loud Township residence, and charges are pending on a 56 year old male and a 53 year old female, both occupants of the residence.

In an unrelated investigation the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team arrested a 27 year old Gaylord, Michigan resident in Vienna Township of Montmorency County with the assistance of Troopers from the Michigan State Police Post in Gaylord on Wednesday.  In the circle of narcotic related activity investigators from the team recovered an array of computer equipment that had been stolen from a business vehicle in Gaylord, Michigan over the weekend.  As a result of this seizure the suspect was arrested for receiving and concealing stolen property over $1,000.00 in Montmorency County.  The information acquired in this investigation has been conveyed to the Gaylord Police Department who will seek additional charges involving the original break-in/theft.

Later that week (Thursday) with the assistance of Troopers from the Michigan State Police Post in Alpena, HUNT officers apprehended a 15 year old Alpena County juvenile on three counts of delivery of marijuana in a drug free school zone after the completion of a month long investigation.  During one of the controlled purchases, the juvenile made a delivery of marijuana at an elementary school in Alpena County while there was a second grade class of children using the play ground equipment nearby.  The juvenile was turned over to a representative of the 26th Judicial Circuit Court, Family Division, Juvenile Probation Department.

 

June 30, 2004

16 YEAR OLD ARRESTED IN ALPENA COUNTY

Alpena County:  Undercover officers from the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team arrested a 16 year old juvenile in Alpena this past Monday (June 28, 2004).  The arrest was the result of a series of controlled purchases of marijuana from the juvenile at his home in the 700 block of Sable, while he was under house arrest.  The juvenile was on Intensive Probation with the 26th Judicial Circuit Court, Family Division.  Also at the time of his arrest the juvenile was also in possession of methadone and a cutting agent. 

During this arrest operation Monday, the team also arrested two other individuals on other unrelated drug charges.  A 17 year old Ossineke resident was taken into custody and lodged at the Alpena County Jail, charged with a single count of delivery/manufacture of marijuana.  A 15 year old juvenile from Northern Alpena County was also arrested for possession of marijuana, and later was released into the custody of a parent.  This case is now being handled by the 26th Judicial Circuit Court, Family Division, Intensive Juvenile Probation Section.

 

June 29, 2004

HUNT ARRESTS OSSINEKE RESIDENT ON FEDERAL CHARGES

HUNT conducted an investigation in April of this year, into drug trafficking by Gerald William Stedman II, of Ossineke, Michigan.  Stedman was on federal parole for prior drug related charges.  Prior to formal charges being issued locally, HUNT investigators learned that Stedman was planning to flea the state of Michigan, to avoid prosecution on both the state and federal level.  Due to HUNT's investigation, and two controlled deliveries of cocaine, the United States Marshals Service issued a felony warrant for parole violation.  HUNT officers then arrested Stedman on the strength of that warrant. 

Stedman was sentenced by United States District Judge Victoria A. Roberts in Detroit, Michigan this past Friday (June 25, 2004), to 37 months in federal prison for the parole violation.  He still faces felony charges of 2 counts delivery/manufacture cocaine, less than 50 grams, in Alpena County, based on HUNT's initial investigation in April of this year.

 

June 18, 2004

HUNT ARRESTS DUO IN ALPENA COUNTY

The Huron Undercover Narcotics Team arrested two repeat drug offenders Thursday afternoon on multiple drug-related offenses.

Ronald Edward Marshall, a 22 year old Alpena resident was charged with five counts of delivery that included the controlled substances morphine, oxycodone, methadone, and marijuana.

Jessical Lynn Kruse, a 26 year old companion of Marshall was charged with five counts of delivery also, which included morphine, oxycodone, marijuana, and an imitation of a controlled substance.

Both Marshall and Kruse had just been released from the Alpena County Jail earlier this year, on convictions from a HUNT investigation almost a year ago, involving the sale of heroin.

The duo was apprehended by HUNT officers shortly after leaving a child custody matter at the Alpena County Courthouse.  That custody issue was in part due to their conduct in the original narcotic related case, where they exposed their children to this criminal behavior.