IRON RIVER—More charges and arrests are pending after six area residents were arrested last week on drug charges, following an UPSET investigation of heroin sales at an Iron River house.
On May 21, detectives executed a search warrant at the house, located on 10th Avenue in Iron River, and located over four grams of heroin, evidence of drug packaging and distribution, $1,600 in cash, illegal mushrooms, marijuana and illegal prescription drugs.
The owner of the house, Joseph Baclich Jr., was arrested and arraigned in Iron County District Court on May 22, charged with delivery of heroin. Additional charges against Baclich are pending.
In addition, five others were arrested in connection with the sale of heroin and prescription drugs. They are:
--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 II drug, delivery of a Schedule III drug and possession of a Schedule III drug.
--Rhonda Nichols of Caspian, charged with two counts of delivery of heroin.
--Elizabeth Clements of Caspian, charged with delivery of a Schedule II drug,
All were arraigned in Iron County District Court on May 22. The UPSET news release said further charges and arrests are pending.
Schedule II drugs and Schedule III drugs are defined by the Controlled Substances Act, which was passed by Congress in 1970 and sets federal drug law policy in the U.S. Heroin and marijuana are both listed as Schedule I drugs, and so is psilocybin (psilocybin mushrooms).
Examples of Schedule II drugs are cocaine, opium, methadone, oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet, Percodan), morphine and mixed amphetamine salts (Adderall).
Examples of Schedule III drugs are anabolic steroids, Ketamine and hydrocodone/codeine when combined with an NSAID or acetaminophen (Vicoprofen, Vicodin, Tylenol 3).
UPSET detectives were assisted by deputies from the Iron County Sheriff’s Department, troopers from the Iron Mountain post of the Michigan State Police and the MSP’s Eighth District Hometown Security Team.
Anyone with information on drug activity is asked to contact the UPSET office at 906-346-9289 or write to P.O. Box 364, Gwinn MI 49841.