10 Charged in Conspiracy to Distribute Meth Based in Upper Peninsula

A federal grand jury has indicted eight people from the Upper Peninsula and two from Detroit for conspiring to distribute meth, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.

Some of the defendants are also charged with distribution of methamphetamine, distribution of fentanyl, and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Six of the people indicted were arrested Tuesday, and the other four were already in custody.

List of defendants indicted

Tyler Allen Smith, a/k/a “Ty Ty,” a/k/a “Ty”Inkster, MI31
Jason Earl ArnoldDetroit, MI27
Jill Elizabeth RobertsL’Anse Indian Reservation34
John Paul Decota, Jr., a/k/a “Bub”Hannahville Indian Reservation32
Elizabeth Jean Decota, a/k/a “Biz”Escanaba, MI34
Clifford Keith Durant, Jr.L’Anse Indian Reservation29
Shanna Marie DecotaL’Anse Indian Reservation31
Peggy Sue SwartzL’Anse Indian Reservation51
Allyson Marie DenomieL’Anse Indian Reservation28
Alexander Brandon SagatawHannahville Indian Reservation38

Five have already made their initial court appearances. The rest will appear before a federal judge in the near future.

If convicted, Smith faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years and up to life in prison, Arnold and Roberts face a mandatory minimum of 10 years and up to life in prison, Sagataw faces a maximum sentence of up to 30 years, and the others face maximum sentences of up to 20 years.