UPSET tackles meth issues

MARQUETTE – Members of the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team responded to two methamphetamine-related incidents Wednesday in Marquette County. In one case, a meth dump site was found. In an unrelated case, material used to make meth was found during a traffic stop.

UPSET members, with help from the Michigan State Police Negaunee post, discovered components used to manufacture methamphetamine inside a vehicle during a traffic stop on County Road 496 near County Road CKH in Ely Township Wednesday.

According to a news release from UPSET, two suspects, a 29-year-old female and 20-year-old male, were arrested at the scene for possession of methamphetamine components and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. The male suspect was also arrested on two outstanding warrants out of Delta County.

UPSET-certified meth responders separated all the components and placed them in approved containers for disposal. The Marquette County Sheriff’s Department assisted at the scene.

In a separate investigation, UPSET members were contacted Wednesday by the Marquette County Sheriff’s Department to respond to a methamphetamine dump site in Marquette Township, west of the Target store.

According to UPSET, a teacher from North Star Academy was walking on the trail with seventh- and eighth-grade students when they came upon a smoldering pile of debris on the trail, which turned out to be meth lab components.

The components were cleaned up by UPSET-certified meth responders and placed in approved containers for disposal. No suspects have been identified at this time.