Three defendants get prison sentences on meth charges

MENOMINEE — Three individuals were sentenced in Menominee County’s 41st Circuit Court for traffic methamphetamine.

According to Menominee County Prosecutor Jeffery T. Rogg, the following individuals were sentenced by Judge Christoper S. Ninomiya in unrelated cases.

Kimberly Ann Brock, 32, of Menominee, was sentenced to 42 months to 20 years in prison for operating a methamphetamine laboratory and 42 months to seven years in prison for delivery of the prescription drug Suboxone.

Brock pleaded guilty on July 9 to both charges.

The methamphetamine incident occurred on Jan. 27, when a search warrant was sought, obtained, and executed at 1309 25th Ave. in Menominee. Members of the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) located a large quantity of meth as well as a methamphetamine laboratory. Brock admitted to detectives she allowed people to sell drugs at her house in exchange for drugs.

Brock’s two-and-a-half-year-old daughter was present in the residence when the search warrant was executed, and had been exposed to the hazardous methamphetamine laboratory and Brock’s ongoing narcotic sales. The child was removed by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and placed with a relative.

Previously, on June 18, 2020, an UPSET confidential informant purchased one Suboxone sublingual strip (buprenorphine) from Brock for $20 at the home.

Mark Henry Schroeder, 52, of Hermansville, was sentenced to 38 months to 10 years in prison for possession of methamphetamine, as well as an additional two to five years in prison for two methamphetamine laboratory-related convictions. Schroeder pleaded guilty on

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On Oct. 6, 2020, UPSET detectives received a Crime Stoppers tip reporting that a methamphatamine manufacturing laboratory was located at 5976 Snuff Box Road, in Hermansville, and that Schroeder was cooking meth there. UPSET detectives put Schroeder on the “NPLEx Law Enforcement” watchlist.

Across the country, 35 states, including Michigan rely on the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx), an electronic logging and compliance system that tracks the sales of over-the-counter cold and allergy medications containing pseudoephedrine, a precursor ingredient to the illegal manufacture of meth. the NPLEx purchase history showed Schroeder and others tied to him to be frequent purchasers of pseudoephedrine in Menominee County as well as surrounding counties in both Michigan and Wisconsin.

A search warrant was obtained and executed at the property on Snuff Box Road on Jan. 18, 2021. UPSET detectives located four “one-pot meth labs” and six HGL generators. A substantial amount of meth manufacturing components, a digital scale and “finished product” meth was discovered.

Dana Patrick LaCombe, 49, of Menominee, was sentenced to four years to 20 years in prison for delivery of methamphetamine. LaCombe pleaded guilty on July 1 to the charge.

On May 1, 2019, officers from the Menominee County-Wide Drug Team (MCWDT)conducted an operation in which a confidential informant purchased a gram of meth from LaCombe in the M&M Plaza parking lot in Menominee.

“The common denominator with each of these three unrepentant drug dealers is greed,” said Rogg. “Their sentences needed to reflect the seriousness of their offenses as well as their habitual criminality.”

Rogg noted Brock has a previous felony conviction, Schroeder has four prior felony convictions, and LaCombe has six prior felony convictions.

“The only thing that can stop some people is a prison sentence, because the citizens of our community are simply not safe with these defendants producing and purveying their pernicious poison,” said Rogg.


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