HOUGHTON, MI--   The Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team arrested two men on drug charges in Houghton Thursday. 

Detectives began an investigation into a suspect two months ago. They say they developed probable cause to show he was involved in the distribution of heroin and crystal meth.

The 31-year-old Hancock man was arrested during a traffic stop in Houghton. The passenger, a 28-year-old man from Milwaukee, was also arrested. Officers say they discovered heroin, crack, and a digital scale after the traffic stop.

Chippewa County Sheriff's Office

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   The TRI-county Drug Enforcement Team arrested two men during an investigation into the sale of heroin and cocaine in Sault Ste. Marie last week.

Tri-Dent detectives had a motel under surveillance in the early morning hours of May 10 when they saw Andre Hudak leave on a motorcycle. Officers from the Sault Police Department tried to stop Hudak, who took off. The motorcycle crashed after a short distance and Hudak attempted to run before he was caught.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Big Bay man is in custody on charges related to the distribution of crystal meth and heroin. 

The Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team and police officers arrested the 29-year-old man Wednesday on Washington Street in Marquette following a several-week investigation.

Detectives obtained a search warrant for the suspect’s residence. They seized

approximately 43 grams of crystal meth, 12 grams of heroin, and $580 in cash.  The street value of the drugs seized is estimated to be more than $12,000.

MANISTIQUE, MI--    Two people arrested in a Manistique drug bust this week have been arraigned.

The arrests were the result of a joint investigation by the Manistique Public Safety Department and the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team. 

Alesha Beauchaine, 41, is charged with delivery of Suboxone, two counts of delivery of meth, delivery on school or library property, and maintaining a drug house.

MANISTIQUE, MI--   A joint investigation by the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team and Manistique Public Safety has resulted in the arrest of two people on felony drug charges. 

Manistique officers initiated the investigation two months ago when they obtained information that heroin and crystal meth was being distributed in the area. UPSET detectives received the same information from another source. Over the past week the agencies worked together to investigate the suspects in the case.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The following press release is from the U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Michigan:

Derrick “Bam” Samuels was sentenced to 20 years in prison following multiple federal drug convictions for his involvement in distributing heroin in the Gwinn, Michigan area from 2008 until the spring of 2017.  Samuels had two prior felony drug convictions and was determined to be a “career offender,” which triggered greater penalties.  Chief Judge Robert J. Jonker of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan imposed the sentence. 

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.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   The Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team has apprehended a Detroit man on drug charges in Sault Ste. Marie.  

Last Thursday detectives arrested the 30-year-old after they determined he was selling heroin, cocaine, prescription pills, and marijuana in the area.  The street value of the drugs is estimated to be more than $5,000. 

The suspect was lodged in the Chippewa County jail for delivery of heroin, delivery of cocaine, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession of prescription narcotics, and maintaining a drug vehicle.

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. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Four suspects arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop in Marquette Sunday have been arraigned.

Marquette Police stopped a vehicle on McClellan Avenue near Center Street around 5:05 p.m. and discovered methamphetamine, ecstasy, heroin, hydrocodone, marijuana and a firearm in the vehicle.

Matthew Botwright, 31, Deondrick Griffin, 30, Kenneth McCray, 36, and Jasmin Mims, 22, were taken into custody.  Botwright has ties to the Marquette area; the other three are from Georgia.