4th Person Arrested in ongoing Alpena Meth Investigation

ALPENA, MI – A fourth person has been arrested in an ongoing investigation into the manufacture of methamphetamine in the City of Alpena.

On Monday, January 9th, 2017, HUNT detectives arrested a 45 year-old Alpena man for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and attempt to over-purchase pseudoephedrine. This is the fourth person arrested in connection with last week’s arrest of three Alpena residents for manufacturing methamphetamine. Those three persons arrested last week remain lodged in the Alpena County Jail on $100,000.00 cash only bonds.

As previously released, HUNT is in the process of methodically seeking out and arresting every person involved in this group, including those persons who provided pseudoephedrine or any other component for manufacturing methamphetamine. More arrests can be expected as this investigation continues.

Conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine is a 20 year felony and/or a fine of $25,000.00. Attempt to over-purchase pseudoephedrine is a 93 day misdemeanor.

On Thursday, January 5th, 2017, HUNT detectives arrested a 31 year-old Alpena man for manufacturing methamphetamine, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and/or a $25,000.00 fine.

The case is a continuation of the arrest of the 26 year-old Alpena man and the 28 year-old Alpena woman who were arrested for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine on January 4, 2017. In addition to the previously mentioned “cook” location on 8th Avenue, preliminary information indicates that subjects were “cooking” methamphetamine in the business district of South Second Avenue, in the city of Alpena.

There is a network of individuals who are involved in the manufacture of methamphetamine in this most recent case. A number of additional persons have been identified as providing precursors to the process to those individuals who have been arrested. This activity is referred to as “smurfing” which is a felony in the state of Michigan. In addition, it is possible that those persons could be charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

According to the team commander, D/Lt. Sharp, it is very unfortunate that our area has experienced an up tic in clandestine laboratories. HUNT detectives are committed to identify and arrest anyone involved in this extremely dangerous behavior. Anyone who has information regardinig a suspected laboratory or would like to find more information on how to recognize a lab are encouraged to visit www.huntteam.net.