On Tuesday, after concluding a three-month investigation, detectives from the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team arrested two men and one woman from the Alpena and Ossineke areas on a number of charges related to methamphetamine possession, and maintaining and/or operating a methamphetamine laboratory.
In mid-December, while assisting the Michigan State Police Alpena Post and the Alpena Police Department, HUNT detectives received information indicating Dylan Fitzpatrick and Eric McMasters were believed to be involved in the production and use of methamphetamine. As a result, HUNT detectives conducted a search warrant at a residence within the city of Alpena, where an undisclosed amount of methamphetamine, as well as components used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine were located.
The Michigan State Police Methamphetamine Response Team responded to the scene, gathering evidence and conducting the required cleanup and disposal of the hazardous waste generated from the process.
As the investigation developed, HUNT detectives also identified a 33 year old woman from Ossineke who was involved in both the manufacturing of methamphetamine and the transporting of various components used in the cooking process to locations throughout the city of Alpena with Fitzpatrick and McMasters.
Fitzpatrick and McMasters, both 18 years old, are currently lodged in the Alpena County Jail on charges stemming from the home invasion and felonious assault of an elderly Alpena resident that occurred late in 2012.
The Alpena County Prosecutor's Office issued several felony warrants against Fitzpatrick and McMasters after reviewing the case. Both Fitzpatrick and McMasters have been charged with one count of delivery/manufacturing methamphetamine, a 20-year felony, and two counts of operating/maintaining a laboratory, which are both 10-year felonies.
The Ossineke woman, whose name is being withheld pending her arraignment, was arrested and lodged in the Alpena County Jail on one count of conspiracy to commit controlled substance-delivery/manufacture methamphetamine, a seven-year felony, and one count of delivery/manufacture methamphetamine, a 20-year felony.
"The manufacture and possession of methamphetamine is quickly becoming a serious issue in northeastern Michigan, and we are continuing to see large increases of it in Alpena and its surrounding areas," Detective Lt. Frank Keck, HUNT commander, said. "HUNT and the prosecutor's offices are dedicated to aggressively identifying, arresting, and prosecuting those involved with any aspect of methamphetamine."
Alpena residents are encouraged to report any illegal narcotics activity by contacting the HUNT website at www.huntteam.net or by calling 1-800-573-DRUG,