Plea deal reached on drug charges just before trial

KENNETH GREER

KENNETH GREER

IRON MOUNTAIN — A Milwaukee man accused of selling heroin and cocaine in Iron Mountain made a last-minute decision Wednesday afternoon to accept a plea deal rather than face trial today in Dickinson County Circuit Court.

Kenneth Lee Greer, 33, pleaded guilty to delivery of cocaine, a 20-year felony, and a habitual offender-second status, which increases the maximum penalty to 30 years, according to circuit court officials.

The Dickinson County Prosecutor’s Office dismissed a felony charge of delivery of heroin, a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana and Greer’s initial habitual offender-fourth status, officials said.

Sentencing is set for Nov. 20.

A confidential informant had testified she knew Greer from past drug purchases and agreed to work with the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team to set up a controlled buy April 3 in Iron Mountain.

She convinced Greer through text messages to drive to the area that day so she could pay him the $250 she owed him and buy more heroin and cocaine, according to her testimony.

An UPSET officer thoroughly searched the informant before Greer arrived, and provided the informant with a recording device and $550 cash — $250 to cover the previous debt, $150 for heroin and $150 for cocaine.

When Greer and two other co-defendants got to Iron Mountain, the officer followed their vehicle to a motel parking lot. The informant then got out of the officer’s unmarked car and into the back seat of Greer’s vehicle to make the drug transaction.

One of Greer’s co-defendants, 26-year-old Davin Vincent Veir-Washington of Milwaukee, was sentenced earlier this year to 10 months in jail for his part in the drug sales.

Prosecutors dismissed charges against the third co-defendant, citing insufficient evidence.