2 more enter pleas in UPSET case
By NIKKI YOUNK
CRYSTAL FALLS – Two more defendants who were charged in a May 21 Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) drug bust in Iron River have accepted plea deals.
There are six defendants overall.
Elizabeth Jane Clements, 28, of Caspian and Amy L. Marcell, 38, of Iron River pleaded guilty to amended criminal complaints in Iron County Trial Court on Monday.
Clements pleaded guilty to one felony count of delivery of a controlled substance-Ritalin and one unrelated felony count of attempted buying or selling stolen non-ferrous metals.
In exchange for the pleas, Iron County Prosecutor Melissa Powell dismissed nine additional felony counts of delivery of a controlled substance-Ritalin and some bad check charges from an unrelated case. Clements is still responsible for restitution in the check case.
Clements faces a maximum penalty of nine and a half years in prison when she is sentenced on Sept. 23.
Marcell pleaded guilty to one felony count of delivery of a controlled substance-hydrocodone.
In exchange for the plea, Powell dismissed three additional felony counts of delivery of a controlled substance.
Marcell faces a maximum penalty of seven years in prison when she is sentenced on Sept. 30.
Other defendants who have already accepted plea deals are Joseph Baclich Jr., 31, of Iron River, Rhonda Nichols, 31, of Caspian, and Cami Fittante, 19, of Iron River.
They will be sentenced on Sept. 9.
A sixth defendant, 28-year-old Michael Walsh of Iron River, failed to appear for his last scheduled court hearing on July 29. Judge C. Joseph Schwedler issued a bench warrant for his arrest.
All six were arrested after UPSET officials executed a search warrant at Baclich’s home. Officials discovered heroin, illegal mushrooms, marijuana, illegal prescription drugs, evidence of drug packaging and distribution, and $1,600 in cash.
Nikki Younk’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.