Trial date set in meth case

MARQUETTE – A Rock man, recently arrested on a federal drug charge for allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine at his home, is scheduled to be tried by a jury in U.S. District Court in Marquette next spring.

James Dean Wyatt, 49, of 14512 M-35, Rock, was arrested at his residence this fall by the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET). He was lodged in the Delta County Jail on one state count of possession of methamphetamine.

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

During a pretrial conference in U.S. District Court last week, Wyatt’s jury trial was scheduled to begin March 3 in federal court.

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 defendant’s past criminal history and the amount of drugs seized.

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

UPSET, the only certified meth response team in the U.P., was assisted at the scene by Michigan State Police from the Gladstone Post and Tri-Township Volunteer Fire Department.

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Jenny Lancour, (906) 786-2021, ext. 143,