SUTTONS BAY — A man arrested in Leelanau County for violating probation is accused of trading drugs for sexual favors with young women in Missaukee County.
Dale Lee Youngs, 73, allegedly violated probation on 10 occasions, said Steven Brett, a Leelanau County parole agent. He was convicted in 2010 of delivery or manufacture of a controlled substance in Leelanau County.
Youngs was arrested in Leelanau County in March and remains lodged without bond pending criminal charges in Missaukee County.
He was bound over to Missaukee’s 28th Circuit Court on three counts of delivery or manufacture of a controlled substance and one count of maintaining a drug house in Richland Township. Missaukee Prosecutor William Donnelly said Youngs is accused of providing morphine and oxycodone to a woman between January and May 2012.
Missaukee County Sheriff James Bosscher said authorities believe “multiple” women in their late teenage years and early 20s voluntarily lived with Youngs in a trailer, where the alleged drug activity and sexual favors occurred. Donnelly said the residence had a trap door.
“Like if we were to show up, the women would hide down in there. It’s just a mattress and stuff. It’s not a very sanitary household,” Bosscher said.
Bosscher continued, “He’s not holding them against their will or anything like that. He’s just providing the place to stay, and it is totally a criminal matter when you deliver drugs to somebody for whatever the reason might be.”
Youngs has health problems and access to prescription drugs, Bosscher said.
“He kind of preys on the drug-addicted crowd,” Bosscher said.
Youngs has been a “problem” in the community for “quite some time doing this involving drugs and young women,” Bosscher said. Michigan Department of Corrections records show he was convicted of drug charges and maintaining a drug house in Wexford County in 2008.
“We’ve arrested him before this, but (the women are) all there voluntarily,” Bosscher said, adding authorities had difficulty getting cooperation from women involved. “It’s a very sad thing ... what the effects of drugs will do to young women and what they will do in exchange.”
The Traverse Narcotics Team reopened an investigation into Youngs after he was arrested this spring in Leelanau County. Bosscher said a woman formerly associated with Youngs came forward and plans to testify against him. Investigators aren’t sure how many women may have been involved over the years.
“They come and go. These are all different women who keep cycling through there,” Bosscher said.