Habitual offender charge on table in drug case

ESCANABA — A 33-year-old Cornell man will be sentenced as a habitual offender on two drug counts and one license violation after pleading guilty to the charges in Delta County Circuit Court earlier this week.

Anthony Leonard Eagle Jr., was stopped by police for a vehicle equipment violation in the 200 block of South 9th Street in Escanaba on Nov. 19, 2017, when he was arrested for driving on a suspended license.

A search of the vehicle resulted in officers seizing marijuana, methamphetamine and prescription pain medication which were packaged in a manner to suspect drug dealing, according to Escanaba Public Safety, also noting about $1,000 in cash was also seized.

Eagle was charged with the following counts: delivery/manufacture of methylenedioxy methamphetamine with intent to deliver, a 20-year felony; possession of the analogue Hydrocodone, a two-year felony; possession of marijuana, a one-year misdemeanor; and driving on a suspended license, second or subsequent offense, also a one-year misdemeanor.

During a hearing in circuit court on Tuesday, Eagle pleaded guilty to possessing an analogue, possessing marijuana, and violating his license suspension as a third offense habitual offender.

Judge John Economopoulos advised the defendant to have his personal affairs in order when he is sentenced on April 2 in the event jail time is included in the court’s ruling.

In exchange for the above guilty pleas, the prosecution agreed to dismiss the meth charge and two district court files regarding additional charges against Eagle.

Eagle remains free on bond. He was initially lodged in jail in lieu of 10 percent of a $250,000 bond then later released on a $25,000 personal recognizance bond.