5 people charged after drug raid

On April 7, Michigan police officers conducted a search and seizure at a home in Houghton and charged five people with various drug offenses. The officers were part of the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team, a law enforcement team that targets people from urban cities who travel to the Upper Peninsula to sell drugs. UPSET was set up to stop drug trafficking activities by dealers looking for higher profits and less competition in the Upper Peninsula.

When officers executed the Houghton search warrant, they seized 1.5 ounces of crack cocaine and over 50 packets of heroin. Investigators say that the drugs have a combined street value of $8,000. Cash totaling $1,900, believed to be drug profits, was also seized from the home.

Three of the accused individuals, a 50-year-old man, a 31-year-old man and a 25-year-old man, were all issued charges for possession of heroin with intent to deliver, possession of crack cocaine with intent to deliver and delivery of heroin. Two other accused individuals, a 28-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman, were each charged with frequenting a drug house.

A person who happens to be visiting a home when a search warrant is executed could end up being falsely charged for drug offenses. Defendants and their attorneys may argue that they were at the wrong place at the wrong time and that they were not involved in any drug trafficking activities. Others may argue that though they may have been associated with drug dealers, they were unaware of the full scale of the alleged operation.

Source: M Live, " 5 arrested in Northern Michigan heroin drug bust," Anya Rath, April 8, 2016