crystal meth

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, MI (MPRN)--   More people are getting caught with methamphetamine in Michigan. 

The Michigan State Police reports a 20-percent increase in meth arrests over the last year.

Grand Traverse County Prosecutor Bob Cooney says that’s because more “crystal” meth is being brought in from elsewhere.

“Statewide, there has been an increase in the amount of crystal meth – or “ice,” they call it – coming into Michigan from Western states and Mexico, in particular,” he says.

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, MI--   Several people have been arrested in Marquette Township by the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team. 

UPSET had been investigating the sale of crystal meth in Marquette County. Detectives executed a search warrant Tuesday at a residence on Fair Avenue. They seized about a half-ounce of crystal meth and evidence of drug sales.

Five people were arrested on charges relating to maintaining a drug house and probation violations. Additional charges are expected, pending review by the Marquette County Prosecutor’s Office.

EWEN, MI--   Two Ontonagon County residents have been arrested on drug charges. 

Detectives from the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team and agents from Homeland Security Investigations and Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted an investigation in Ewen. On Monday they arrested a 28-year-old woman and 29-year-old man on charges related to the sale of crystal meth.

The suspects remain lodged in the Ontonagon County Jail.

The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are expected.

CRYSTAL FALLS, MI--   The Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team says it’s arrested a meth dealer in Crystal Falls.

Wednesday detectives executed a search warrant at a residence on Oswald Street. They found more than 40 grams of crystal meth and evidence of drug distribution. The estimated street value of the drugs is nearly $10,000.

The suspect, a 37-year-old man, was arrested and lodged in the Iron County Jail on charges related to the distribution of crystal meth. He is currently being held on a $25,000 cash bond.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A drug case against an Ishpeming Township man has moved to federal court.

Last month detectives with the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team and Homeland Security Investigations executed search warrants in Sands and Ishpeming townships. They seized about 8 ounces of crystal meth, 20 grams of heroin, and other illicit drugs. The street value was estimated to be more than $25,000.

SANDS TOWNSHIP, MI--   One suspect has been arrested in a Marquette County drug investigation. 

On Monday detectives from the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team and Homeland Security Investigations executed search warrants at residences in Sands Township and Ishpeming Township. They seized approximately 8 ounces of crystal meth, 20 grams of heroin, and other illicit drugs. The street value of the drugs is estimated to be more than $25,000.

HOUGHTON, MI--   A Houghton County man faces drug and domestic violence charges, following a drug bust in Atlantic Mine.

Steven Ruotsala, 47, was taken into custody last Wednesday after Sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic complaint.  They executed search warrants at two residences and uncovered a substantial amount of crystal meth. 

Ruotsala is charged with delivery/manufacture of meth and domestic violence – third offense.  The drugs are believed to have come from Wisconsin. 

ADAMS TOWNSHIP, MI--   One person has been arrested in Houghton County on drug charges. 

The Houghton County Sheriff’s Office was called in the early morning hours of Wednesday to Adams Township on a domestic violence complaint.  During the course of the investigation deputies secured two residences and obtained search warrants.  Execution of the warrants uncovered a substantial amount of crystal meth. 

Deputies say one man was taken into custody.

HOUGHTON, MI--   A Houghton County man arrested in a drug bust August 29 has entered a guilty plea in the case. 

Anthony Vencato, 52, of Atlantic Mine was taken into custody after UPSET detectives seized crystal meth and heroin at his home.  He pleaded guilty Monday to attempted possession of methamphetamine, punishable by up to five years in prison.

Sentencing will be held in four weeks in Houghton County Circuit Court. 

MARINETTE, WI--   Police have released the names of three people arrested in Crivitz, Wisconsin Sunday on meth charges. 

Authorities received a tip that Gregory Record, 46, of Othello, Washington was arriving on a train in Milwaukee Sunday.  They believed he was in possession of crystal meth and tar heroin.  Record was picked up by Jeremy Lake, 33, of Iron Mountain and Crystal Smiltneek, 36, of Kingsford.

The three suspects were pulled over on a traffic stop in Crivitz.  Police found meth and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.