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Manistique drug bust nets seven arrests

MANISTIQUE — Seven suspects were arrested for narcotic offenses by the Manistique Public Safety Department earlier this week, according to the department.

On Sunday, March 22 and Tuesday, March 24, officers with the department — assisted by the Public Safety K-9 Unit, Schoolcraft County Sheriff Department, Sault Tribal Police Department, 93rd District Court Probation Department and Michigan State Police — arrested the suspects for offenses that occurred in Manistique and Schoolcraft County between January and March 2020. The arrests were stated to be the result of ongoing investigation into illegal narcotics trafficking in the area by local law enforcement.

All of the arrested suspects taken into custody were lodged or processed at the Schoolcraft County Jail. They were arraigned before the 93rd District Court of Schoolcraft County Wednesday.

Pursuant to their investigation, officers arrested the following suspects:

– Jon Robert Zentner, 28, of Manistique on one count of conspiracy to commit controlled substance – delivery/manufacture – meth, a felony punishable by 20 years and an additional fine of $10,000. Bond for Zentner was set by the court at $50,000 cash or surety. A probable cause conference has been set for April 8, 2020 at 9 a.m., and a preliminary hearing has been set for April 15 at 1 p.m.

– Vanessa Yvonne Barton, 20, of Cooks on one count of controlled substance – delivery/manufacture – meth, a felony punishable by 20 years and/or a $25,000 fine; one count of conspiracy to commit controlled substance – delivery/manufacture – meth, a felony punishable by 20 years and a $10,000 additional fine; one count of computers – using to commit a crime – maximum imprisonment of 20 years or life, a felony punishable by 20 years and/or $20,000; and one count of maintaining a drug house (for knowingly or intentionally keeping a vehicle used for the keeping or selling of controlled substances), a high court misdemeanor punishable by two years and/or a $25,000 fine. Bond for Barton was set at $25,000 cash with 10 percent allowed with the requirement upon release of a GPS tether. A probable cause conference has been set for April 8 at 9 a.m., and a preliminary hearing has been set for April 15 at 10 a.m.

– Jacob Bradley Lockhart, 21, of Manistique on one count of controlled substance – delivery on school or library property (narcotics or cocaine) less than 50 grams, a felony punishable by two to 60 years and a $75,000 fine; one count of controlled substance – delivery/manufacture (Schedules 1, 2 and 3 except marijuana, meth, ecstasy and cocaine), a felony punishable by seven years and/or a $10,000 fine; and one count of computers – using to commit a crime – maximum imprisonment of 20 years or more or life, a felony punishable by 20 years and/or a $20,000 fine. Bond for Lockhart was set at $20,000 personal recognizance. A probable cause conference has been set for April 4 at 9 a.m., and a preliminary hearing has been set for April 25 at 10 a.m.

– Amanda Lynn Pokela, 24, of Manistique on two counts of controlled substance – delivery/manufacture (Schedules 1, 2 and 3 except marijuana, meth, ecstasy and cocaine, a felony punishable by seven years and/or a $10,000 fine, two counts of computers – using to commit a crime – maximum imprisonment of four years or more but less than 10 years, a felony punishable by seven years and/or fines of $7,000 and $5,000, respectively; and one count of controlled substance – maintaining a drug house, a high court misdemeanor punishable by two years and/or a $25,000 fine. Bond for Pokela was set at $250,00 cash or surety. A probable cause conference has been set for April 8 at 9 a.m., and a preliminary hearing has been set for April 15 at 2 p.m.

– Tyler Jon Henry, 23, of Manistique on one count of conspiracy to commit controlled substance – delivery/manufacture – meth, a felony punishable by 20 years and a $10,000 additional fine; one count of controlled substance – delivery/manufacture – meth, a felony punishable by 20 years and/or a $25,000 fine; one count of controlled substance – creation/delivery counterfeit substance (narcotic/ecstasy), a felony punishable by 10 years and/or a $10,00 fine; and one count of computers – using to commit a crime – maximum imprisonment of 20 years or more or life, a felony punishable by 20 years and/or a $20,000 fine. Bond for Henry was set at $250,00 cash or surety. A probable cause conference has been set for April 8 at 9 a.m., and a preliminary hearing has been set for April 15 at 2 p.m.

– Liza Ann Florek, 24, of Manistique on two counts of controlled substance – delivery/manufacture (Schedules 1, 2 and 3 except marijuana, meth, ecstasy and cocaine), a felony punishable by seven years and/or a $10,000 fine; two counts of computers – using to commit a crime – maximum imprisonment of four years or more but less than 10 years, a felony punishable by seven years and/or a $5,000 fine; and one count of controlled substance – maintaining a drug house, a high court misdemeanor punishable by two years and/or a $25,000 fine. Florek was also served notice as a habitual offender – second offense notice, a sentencing enhancement by the court on the current offense. The district court arraignment for Florek has been postponed.

– Zachary Robert Schnurer, 22, of Manistique for one count of controlled substance – maintaining a drug house (for knowingly or intentionally keeping a vehicle used for the keeping or selling of controlled substances), a high court misdemeanor punishable by two years and/or a $25,000 fine. Bond for Schnurer was set at $20,000 personal recognizance. A probable cause conference has been set for April 8 at 9 a.m., and a preliminary hearing has been set for April 15 at 11 a.m.

Investigation into these offenses and other illegal narcotics trafficking offenses will continue, and more arrests are expected. The department stated it would not be releasing additional details as of Wednesday.

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