Traverse City Record-Eagle

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February 23, 2010

Area police net multiple drug arrests

TRAVERSE CITY -- Call it a drug deal gone bad, minus the violence.

A Traverse City man thought he sold marijuana and Valium to a user, who turned out to be an undercover officer with the Traverse Narcotics Team.

Timothy Legleitner, 27, was arrested Feb. 18 after authorities said he repeatedly sold drugs to an undercover officer.

Legleitner was charged Friday with two counts of delivery/manufacture of marijuana and a count of delivery/manufacture of Valium -- all punishable by up to four years in prison and/or $20,000.

The officer bought drugs from Legleitner on Jan. 21 and Jan. 28, court records show. He reportedly saw several marijuana cigarettes and smelled the controlled substance in Legleitner's Blair Township residence.

And because the officer purchased more than $500 in drugs inside the suspect's residence, Legleitner also was charged with maintaining a drug house -- a high-court misdemeanor charge punishable by up to two years in prison and/or $25,000.

Legleitner's arrest comes amid a string of recent drug busts across northwest Michigan.

Two Elmira women -- Jennifer Jasper, 22, and Stacy Knight, 43 -- were arrested Friday after deputies said they maintained a drug house in Antrim County.

Authorities arrested three more people on drug charges last week after a lengthy investigation. Robert John Schoenfeldt, 47, Frederick Scott Curtiss, 47, and Sara Jane Hall, 33, each face a handful of felony charges.

Investigators said Schoenfeldt, of Traverse City, sold marijuana to an undercover officer on three occasions in February, court records show. The officer gave Schoenfeldt money, and Schoenfeldt then went into Curtiss' Traverse City residence to obtain drugs.

Officers obtained a warrant and searched Curtiss' residence, where investigators said they found about one pound of processed marijuana. Police contend Curtiss admitted his involvement in drug distribution.

An undercover TNT officer on multiple occasions in January and February contacted Hall and arranged for the delivery of marijuana. The drugs from each incident were supplied by Schoenfeldt, court records show.

Schoenfeldt faces four counts of delivery/manufacture of marijuana; Hall faces one count of delivery/manufacture of marijuana and four counts of conspiracy to do the same; Curtiss faces one count of maintaining a drug house and three counts of conspiracy to deliver or manufacture marijuana.

Staff writer Art Bukowski contributed to this report.

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