Second meth operation discovered in area

KINGSFORD — Kingsford Public Safety officers continue to investigate a suspected methamphetamine manufacturing operation after finding suspicious materials near Cowboy Lake and at a home at 216 Cleveland Ave. within the past 10 days.

Four suspects — one man and three women — have been identified but no arrests have yet been made, KPS officials said this morning.

A resident reported a possible meth dump site March 10 near the Cowboy Lake parking lot and the Menominee River, according to a KPS press release. Officers found a large tote containing several items used in manufacturing methamphetamine, so they called the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team to clean up the hazardous materials.

Officers on Monday interviewed one of the suspects, who reportedly admitted to dumping the materials. They then obtained a search warrant for the Cleveland Avenue address, where they found more items used to make meth inside and outside the residence, the release states.

Again, officers called UPSET to help dispose of the hazardous materials. The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department “tagged” the house as “unfit for human habitation,” officers said.

This is at least the second local meth operation investigated this month, after Dickinson County deputies March 14 discovered an active lab in an apartment at N3976 U.S. 2 in Breitung Township.

Officers would like to remind residents who find suspected meth-related items not to touch anything and contact their local police department as soon as possible.

The KIND Drug Team, Iron Mountain Police Department and the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Department also assisted KPS officers.