IR man arrested on deer, pot violations

IRON RIVER – A Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officer’s recent routine fishing patrol stop led to a 26-year-old Iron River man being arrested for suspicion of illegally killing a deer and operating an illegal marijuana growing operation.

On Sunday, Feb. 16, Officer Dave Painter was patrolling Ice Lake in Iron County when he contacted a group of anglers fishing the lake. He observed the subjects were fishing with too many lines.

While speaking with the group about the fishing violations, Painter developed additional information that one of the subjects had shot an antlerless deer without a proper license during the December muzzleloader season.

While speaking with the subject, Painter also discovered illegal drug activity and paraphernalia in his ice shanty.

The illegal drugs and paraphernalia were seized as part of the investigation, officers said.

Painter then traveled to the suspect’s Iron River house to retrieve the illegal deer that was shot. In the process of retrieving the meat and deer carcass, he discovered the illegal marijuana growing operation and seized 33 marijuana plants.

The subject was arrested on the fishing violation and warrants are being sought from the Iron County Prosecutor’s Office for the deer and marijuana violations.

Assisting the Department of Natural Resources with the arrest were troopers from the Michigan State Police Iron Mountain Post and officers from the Iron River Police Department.

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