UPSET bust nets 6 arrests

IRON RIVER – Hoping to make one arrest in a planned drug bust in Iron River earlier this week, detectives ended up charging more suspects in connection with the sale of heroin at a residence.

The homeowner, along with five other individuals from Iron River and Caspian, were arrested Tuesday and arraigned in Iron County District Court on Wednesday, said Det. Lt. Tim Sholander, commander of the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET).

The UPSET team executed a search warrant at a residence on 10th Avenue with the hope of arresting one suspect and ended up nabbing more suspects, explained Sholander this morning. Drugs, cash and drug paraphernalia were also found.

Detectives confiscated more than four grams of heroin, illegal mushrooms, marijuana, illegal prescription drugs, $1,600 in cash, and evidence of drug packaging and distribution, noted Sholander in a news release.

The homeowner, Joseph Baclich Jr. of Iron River, was officially charged Wednesday with delivery of heroin. Additional charges are pending, said officials.

Others arrested in connection with the sale of heroin and prescription drugs included Michael Glen Walsh of Iron River charged with delivery of heroin; Cami Fittante of Iron River charged with use of heroin and possession of marijuana; Amy Marcell of Iron River charged with delivery of a schedule 2 drug, delivery of a schedule 3 drug, and possession of a schedule 3 drug; Rhonda Nichols of Caspian charged with two counts of delivery of heroin; and Elizabeth Clements of Caspian charged with delivery of a schedule 2 drug.

Further charges and arrests are pending in the ongoing investigation, according to UPSET officials.

UPSET detectives were assisted by the Iron County Sheriff Department, Michigan State Police from the Iron Mountain Post, and the Michigan State Police 8th District Hometown Security Team.