BY MATT TROUTMAN email@example.com
Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — BEULAH — A methamphetamine bust in Benzie County led to the arrests of two suspects already on bond in another drug case.
Authorities held Michael Todd Martin, 45, and his wife Angela Jane Martin, 32, in Benzie County’s jail after an investigation into a reported meth lab on tribal land in Benzonia Township.
Traverse Narcotics Team detectives with Benzie County sheriff’s deputies, tribal police and FBI agents on Dec. 12 executed a federal warrant at a Four Seasons Road property, found suspected meth-making materials and arrested two suspects.
TNT Detective Lt. Daniel King wouldn’t confirm the suspects’ names until a federal prosecutor authorizes charges, but said they were out on bond for a previous meth lab case at another Benzie County location.
“We do see, not all the time, individuals manufacturing meth repeat and come back to committing the crime of manufacturing,” King said.
The Martins await trial in 19th Circuit Court on felony drug charges after authorities said they found an active meth lab in their residence at Hoadley Road and U.S. 31 on Oct. 3. Benzie County Prosecutor Sara Swanson said the Martins tested positive for drugs and her office filed motions to revoke their bonds.
Benzie County Sheriff Ted Schendel said the Dec. 12 federal warrant came about after a sheriff’s detective received a tip about two suspects going to an in-law’s house on tribal land in order to cook meth. He said federal authorities haven’t yet filed charges and the jail had to release a female suspect. He said a male suspect remains jailed on a family court matter.
Benzie’s jail records state Angela Martin was released Dec. 17 and Michael Martin is still lodged for back child support.
Western Michigan’s U.S. Attorney’s office spokeswoman Kaye Hooker said no charges have been authorized in the case.
Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Troy Lamerson said meth cases remain rare in Benzie County, especially compared to surrounding counties, but the drug seems to be spreading.
“It’s a very dangerous drug for many reasons. Obviously, it’s very addictive, very dangerous to make and highly volatile,” he said. “Secondary issues ... come to light when people get hooked on these drugs, like an increase in property crimes from people needing to fuel these addictions.”
Members of the public may make anonymous tips to TNT by calling 1-800-338-0868.