Two suspects enter pleas in cocaine case

ESCANABA — Two people who were arrested on cocaine charges earlier this year in Escanaba, after a concerned citizen tipped off police, have entered pleas in court and are scheduled to be sentenced in August.

Cody Edwin Clausen, 25, of Bark River, and Whitney Jean Kolich, 28, of Escanaba, were arrested on North 30th Street in Escanaba on March 17, according to Escanaba Public Safety. During the investigation, more than 60 grams of cocaine and a large amount of money were seized.

Earlier this month, Clausen pleaded guilty to one count of controlled substance — delivery/manufacture of 50 to 449 grams of cocaine, a 20-year felony. He will be sentenced in circuit court on Aug. 1.

Kolich pleaded guilty on Tuesday to attempted possession of more than 50 grams of cocaine, a 20-year felony. She will be sentenced in circuit court on Aug. 21.

Clausen remains lodged in the county jail in lieu of a $200,000 cash or surety bond. Kolich remains lodged in jail in lieu of a $100,000 cash or surety bond.

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