DELTA COUNTY, Mich. (WZMQ) – The Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) has arrested two suspects following a six month investigation.
36-year-old Michael Statler and 36-year-old Arleen Statler, both of Atlantic Mine, were arrested on Tuesday for three counts each of Delivery of Methamphetamine, which is a 20 year felony.
UPSET Detectives conducted numerous undercover drug purchases from the Statler’s throughout the duration of the six month investigation, which lead to a traffic stop on Sunday, February 19th in Delta County. Michael Statler was driving the vehicle when troopers from the Michigan State Police Hometown Security Team conducted the traffic stop.
During a search of the vehicle, troopers recovered methamphetamine and a loaded handgun from Arleen Statler.
Arleen Statler was lodged in the Delta County Jail for Possession of Methamphetamine and Felony Firearm, her bond was set at $25,000.
Michael Statler was arrested for a PPO Violation and was later transported to the Houghton County Jail.
A search warrant was executed on February 19th at a residence on Asumaa Road in Atlantic Mine. During the search, detectives seized methamphetamine, digital scales, cell phones, other drug paraphernalia, five handguns, and thirteen long guns.
Michael Statler was arraigned in 97th District Court in Houghton County on February 22nd, and bond was set at $50,000. Arleen was also arraigned in 97th District Court in Houghton County, and bond was set at $25,000.
UPSET was assited by the MSP-Hometown Security Team, Delta County Sheriff K-9, Houghton County Sheriff, MSP-Calumet Post, Michigan DHS, and ATF.