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UPSET: Meth seized in traffic stop

HANCOCK — Up to $15,000 of methamphetamine and other drug equipment was seized Thursday as part of an ongoing investigation, the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) said Friday.

The traffic stop came in Bruce Crossing after detectives received a tip that two suspected meth dealers were driving from Minneapolis to Hancock, UPSET said in a release. Detectives made the traffic stop with the help of the Michigan State Police Hometown Security Team.

After obtaining a search warrant, detectives found seven pounds of methamphetamine hidden in the vehicle, UPSET said.

UPSET then executed a search warrant of a suspect’s house on Summit Street, which it said yielded drug scales, drug packaging and various electronic devices used to facilitate illegal drug activity.

Detectives put the street value of the drugs seized at $10,000 to $15,000. The traffic stop and search warrants are part of an ongoing nine-month investigation UPSET has been conducting into the illegal distribution of crystal meth in both Houghton County and Baraga County.

The case is currently under review by the Ontonagon and Houghton County prosecutors’ offices.

UPSET was assisted by Hancock Police Department, Houghton County Sheriff’s Office, Keweenaw County Sheriff’s K-9 unit, MSP Hometown Security Team and Superior Service and Towing.

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