Heroin arrests in Iron River


Staff Writer

IRON RIVER – Six Iron County residents have been arrested after a heroin bust in Iron River.

Detectives from the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) executed a search warrant on Tuesday at a residence on 10th Avenue.

They located more than four grams of heroin, as well as illegal mushrooms, marijuana, illegal prescription drugs, evidence of drug packaging and distribution, and $1,600 in cash.

Arrested were Joseph Baclich Jr., 31, of Iron River; Michael Glen Walsh, 28, of Iron River; Cami Fittante, 19, of Iron River; Amy Marcell, 38, of Iron River; Rhonda Nichols, 31, of Caspian; and Elizabeth Clements, 28, of Caspian.

Baclich Jr., who is the owner of the 10th Avenue residence, and Walsh each face one count of delivery of heroin.

Fittante faces counts of use of heroin and possession of marijuana.

Marcell faces counts of delivery of a schedule II drug and delivery and possession of a schedule III drug.

Nichols faces two counts of delivery of heroin.

Clements faces one count of delivery of a schedule II drug.

All six suspects were arraigned in Iron County Trial Court on Wednesday. They are all scheduled for preliminary examinations on June 3.

UPSET detectives indicated that additional charges and arrests are forthcoming.

Assisting in the bust were the Iron County Sheriff’s Department, the Michigan State Police Iron Mountain post, and the Michigan State Police Eighth District Hometown Security Team.

Anyone who has information on drug activity or would like to make a donation to UPSET should contact the UPSET office at (906) 346-9289 or P.O. Box 364, Gwinn, MI, 49841.

Nikki Younk’s e-mail address is nyounk@ironmountaindailynews.com.