Norway woman pleads to methamphetamine charge


Staff Writer

IRON MOUNTAIN – A Norway woman has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a methamphetamine laboratory that was discovered in a rental house in Kingsford.

Jennifer Lacosse, 26, entered the plea in Dickinson County Circuit Court on Monday with her attorneys Kalen Lipe and Dan Jaspen of Iron Mountain.

She pleaded guilty to delivery/manufacture of methamphetamine and maintaining a meth lab and habitual offender, second offense.

Jaspen is representing her on the drug charges.

She also pleaded guilty to failure to pay child support. Lipe is representing her on the failure to pay charge and being a habitual offender.

Dismissed at sentencing will be a charge of conspiracy to commit controlled substance delivery/manufacture of methamphetamine/ecstasy and a bond violation.

Prosecuting Attorney Lisa Richards said a sentence within the applicable guideline is part of the plea deal.

Lacosse is one of four individuals charged from the March 11-12 incident. The other three are Samantha Matson, 22, of Vulcan; Nicole Strutz, 30, of Iron Mountain; and Steven Spencer, 57, of Iron Mountain.

At her arraignment, Lacosse said she was making meth in Kingsford.

The failure to pay child support stems from a court order she violated from December 2009 to 2012.

According to the felony complaints, Lacosse and a co-defendant admitted to making two batches of meth at the residence and were assisting each other when police arrived.

Known components in the manufacturing process were on Lacosse at the time of her arrest.

The felony complaint notes Lacosse had provided another co-defendant with a shopping list and acknowledged she would use the components to make meth.

Lacosse was previously convicted of attempted forgery from Sept. 5, 2008 in Dickinson County Circuit Court.

Sentencing is set for June 17 at 9 a.m.

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