IM man faces prison term on drug charges

JONATHAN DUPUIS

IRON MOUNTAIN — An Iron Mountain man accused of selling methamphetamine from his home pleaded no contest Tuesday in Dickinson County Circuit Court two weeks before a scheduled jury trial.

Jonathan Dupuis, 21, was convicted of the delivery or manufacture of a controlled substance, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison; and maintaining a drug house, a high-court misdemeanor with a two-year penalty.

But as a two-time habitual offender, Dupuis could serve as many as 30 years in prison.

In exchange for his plea, Dickinson County Prosecuting Attorney Lisa Richards dismissed a second count of the delivery or manufacture of methamphetamine as well as a separate file in which Dupuis had been charged with the delivery or manufacture of cocaine, heroin or another narcotic — a 20-year felony — as a habitual offender-second.

Additionally, Florence County District Attorney Doug Drexler agreed to dismiss charges against Dupuis in Wisconsin for his plea in Dickinson County.

Richards recommended Dupuis serve a minimum of four years in prison before he would be eligible for parole. She also agreed to forego filing charges against Dupuis’ wife.

According to the criminal complaint, officers with the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team traced drugs sold to a confidential informant to Dupuis’ home Dec. 19. A search of the residence yielded more than 30 grams of crystal methamphetamine, a large quantity of unknown powders and more than $1,000 in cash.

Dupuis pleaded no contest based on his inability to recall events surrounding his arrest, claiming he had been in a motor vehicle collision as well as having a number of drugs his system, including marijuana, LSD and methamphetamine.

Dupuis pleaded not guilty Jan. 21 but admitted at his rearraignment Tuesday to selling and using marijuana, benzodiazepines, heroin and methamphetamine in December.

Sentencing is set for Aug. 14.

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