IRON RIVER—A Michigan conservation officer’s recent routine fishing patrol stop has led to a 26-year-old Iron River man being arrested for illegally killing a deer and operating an illegal marijuana growing operation.
On Feb. 16, DNR Conservation Officer Dave Painter was patrolling Ice Lake when he contacted a group of anglers fishing the lake and saw that they were fishing with too many lines.
While speaking with the group about the fishing violations, Painter learned that one of the subjects had shot an antlerless deer without a proper license during the December muzzleloader season.
He also discovered illegal drug activity and paraphernalia in the suspect’s ice shanty. The drugs and paraphernalia were seized as part of the investigation.
Painter then traveled to the suspect’s Iron River house to retrieve the illegal deer that was shot. In the process of retrieving the meat and carcass, he discovered an illegal marijuana growing operation and seized 33 marijuana plants.
The subject was arrested on the fishing violation and warrants are being sought from the prosecutor’s office for the deer and marijuana violations. His name has not yet been released by authorities.
Assisting the DNR were troopers from the MSP’s Iron Mountain post and officers from the Iron River Police Department.