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May 22, 2014

East Bay Township drug suspects charged

TRAVERSE CITY — A quartet of suspects face methamphetamine- or heroin-related charges in the latest Grand Traverse County drug bust.

Miles Christian Bartnick, 25, of Kingsley, told authorities on May 17 that he swallowed heroin in a panic after he heard a knock on the door to a room at the Restwood Motel in East Bay Township.

Grand Traverse County sheriff's Capt. Randy Fewless said the knock came from a bail bondsman who sought to serve warrants on a fugitive suspect.

"They located this guy and ended up observing what he thought were possible meth lab items," Fewless said.

A sheriff's deputy took Bartnick to Munson Medical Center, while dispatchers called Traverse Narcotics Team officers. Court documents state Bartnick told detectives in the emergency room that he cooked meth inside the motel room, a Union Street house and a storage unit on South Airport Road.

Bartnick also told detectives he recently drove to Detroit with Randy Mucherino, 26, of Traverse City, and picked up heroin and a passenger, Deandre Terrell Wilcoxson, 17, of Detroit, according to a police report. He said he sold the heroin and turned the money to Wilcoxson, who also stayed at the motel with Mucherino.

Detectives also arrested Chloe Marie Holstein, 31, of Traverse City, who stayed in the motel room with Bartnick, on an outstanding warrant.

The four suspects appeared in 86th District Court on Tuesday for arraignment on drug charges.

Bartnick faces four charges related to operating a meth lab or making meth, all felonies that carry a maximum 20-year prison sentence. He's charged as an habitual offender from a 2010 drug conviction.

Mucherino is charged with possession with intent to deliver meth and heroin. He's also charged as an habitual offender.

Wilcoxson faces a felony charge of delivery of heroin and a misdemeanor charge of maintaining a drug house.

Holstein is charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of heroin.

The suspects are scheduled for a June 3 preliminary examination in 86th District Court.

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