Suspects held in IR drug bust
CRYSTAL FALLS —Four individuals were arrested after detectives from the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team executed a search warrant at an Iron River residence on Sept. 19.
At the arraignments on Sept 20 in Iron County Trial Court, Stephen Ralph Linn, 33, of Iron River was charged with one count of delivery of methamphetamine (20-year felony) and one count of delivery less than 50 grams of a mixture containing fentanyl (a 20-year felony). Linn was also given a habitual offender second offense notice having been convicted of delivery of a controlled substance in Iron County in 2016.
The other two suspects charged have Wisconsin addresses. BoMorris Dickie Reopelle, 26, of Gresham, Wis. was charged with one count of possession of cocaine less than 25 grams (a four-year felony), felony firearm possession, a 9mm handgun (a two-year felony), and maintaining a drug house (a two-year high court misdemeanor). Reopelle was given a habitual offender third offense notice having been convicted of resisting and obstructing an officer in Shawano County in both 2011 and 2018.
Jamie John Johnson, 29, of Shawano, Wis. was charged with one count of delivery of cocaine less than 50 grams (a 20-year felony), one count of conspiracy to deliver cocaine less than 50 grams (a 20-year felony) and maintaining a drug house. He was also given a habitual offender fourth offense notice having been convicted of two counts of forgery (written) and two counts of forgery (uttering) in Shawano County in 2012.
According to a press release from UPSET, after a month-long investigation, detectives obtained information that resulted in a search warrant at a residence located at 310 Blossom Ave. Prior to executing the search warrant, detectives obtained informa-
tion that the suspects were in possession of illegal narcotics and a loaded pistol.
Since the suspects’ residence was in proximity of a school, the Iron River Police Department notified school officials at West Iron County of the police-related activity in the area. The school was temporarily placed on lockdown until the suspects were taken into custody.
After executing the search warrant, detectives located various prescription pills, evidence of drug distribution and two firearms.
The fourth suspect has been charged but not yet arraigned as of Sept. 23. Therefore, no name has been released.
All four suspects were lodged at the Iron County Correctional Facility on Sept. 19. The investigation remains ongoing. UPSET did not release any other information.
UPSET was assisted by the Iron River Police Department, Caspian Police Department, Iron County Sheriff’s Department, and Michigan State Police.
Note: Do you have information about illegal drugs in the community? Contact UPSET at 906-228-1002 or leave an anonymous tip on its website at www.upsetdrugs.com.