Meth lab suspect in court today

MARQUETTE – A Rock man, recently arrested on a federal drug charge, is scheduled for his first appearance in U.S. District Court in Marquette today.

The Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) initially arrested James Dean Wyatt, 49, at his home in Rock last month. He was lodged in the Delta County Jail on one state count of possession of methamphetamine.

The state count was dismissed last week when a federal warrant was issued for the arrest of Wyatt on one count of manufacturing/attempted manufacturing of methamphetamine.

He is scheduled for a first appearance hearing in U.S. Federal District Court in Marquette at 2 p.m. today, according to a U.S. District Court official.

Manufacturing/attempted manufacturing of meth carries a maximum sentencing of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine, not considering additional factors such as the drug amount or past criminal history.

During execution of a search warrant at Wyatt’s home on Oct. 30, UPSET detectives located components for manufacturing meth, finished meth product, firearms, and an active “one pot” meth lab.