Man gets prison for cocaine


ESCANABA — A 25-year-old Bark River man was ordered to serve a minimum of three years in prison for selling cocaine during his sentencing in Delta County Circuit Court on Tuesday.

Earlier this summer, Cody Edwin Clausen pleaded guilty to one count of controlled substance – delivery/manufacture of 50 to 449 grams of cocaine, a 20-year felony.

Clausen, who has a history of drug abuse, told the court he takes full responsibility for his actions and will undergo treatment for substance abuse.

Judge John Economopoulos sentenced him to three years to up to 20 years in prison, granting him credit for serving 151 days in the county jail. Clausen was also ordered to pay a total of $258 in fines and costs. His attorney fees were waived.

Clausen will begin serving his Delta County sentence following completion of time behind bars on a previous conviction in downstate Manistee County.

Clausen and co-defendant Whitney Jean Kolich, 28, of Escanaba, were arrested on North 30th Street in Escanaba on March 17 after a concerned citizen tipped police the two individuals appeared to be drunk while entering a vehicle.

Following further investigation by Escanaba Public Safety, more than 60 grams of cocaine and a large amount of money were seized.

Kolich pleaded guilty in June to one count of attempted possession of more than 50 grams of cocaine, also a 20-year felony. She remains lodged in jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond and is scheduled to be sentenced in circuit court on Monday.

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Jenny Lancour, (906) 786-2021, ext. 143,