Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 7, 2013

Police: 20 packets of heroin found on man


BELLAIRE — A man faces felony charges in Antrim County after police said they found about 20 packets of heroin on him.

In an unrelated Antrim case, a man faces a pair of felonies after police found more than 100 marijuana plants in his residence.

In the heroin case, Ricky Alfred Yocic, 53, is charged with delivering or manufacturing less than 50 grams of a controlled substance and maintaining a drug house. Meanwhile, Justin Raymond Stolt, 22, is charged with delivering or manufacturing between 5 and 45 kilograms of a controlled substance and maintaining a drug house in the marijuana case.

Neither had been arrested on those charges Monday.

A Michigan State Police fugitive team went to Yocic's Kewadin home in June to arrest him on a felony drug warrant out of Bay County, Assistant Antrim County Prosecutor Jim Rossiter said. While they were patting him down, they found about 20 packets of heroin, Rossiter said.

Troopers said they also found a "chunk" of heroin and packaging materials while searching Yocic's residence.

"Clearly the packaging materials and that kind of stuff indicated he was selling it," Rossiter said.

Police went to Stolt's residence in Warner Township in June on an unrelated complaint. They obtained a search warrant after smelling fresh marijuana and found more than 100 plants in the residence, Rossiter said.

Stolt made conflicting comments about having a medical marijuana card and wasn't able to produce one, Rossiter said. Regardless, he had far in excess of the amount of plants even a certified caregiver could legally have and appeared to be selling the drugs.

"He clearly had more than for personal use," Rossiter said. "Somebody was buying it."

A heavy workload in the Antrim prosecutor's office led to a delay in charging the men, Rossiter said.

Yocic has an extensive criminal history that includes larceny, theft, counterfeiting and armed robbery convictions, Michigan Department of Corrections records show.