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UPSET defendants in court

June 18, 2013
By NIKKI YOUNK - Staff Writer , The Daily News

CRYSTAL FALLS - Five of the six defendants accused in an Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) drug bust appeared in Iron County Trial Court on Tuesday.

Joseph Baclich Jr., 31, of Iron River; Amy Marcell, 38, of Iron River; Elizabeth Clements, 28, of Caspian; Cami Fittante, 19, of Iron River; and Rhonda Nichols, 31, of Caspian all waived their preliminary examinations and were bound over to the circuit court level.

They were immediately arraigned at the circuit court level, and each entered not guilty pleas.

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Marcell was scheduled for a pre-trial on July 15. Baclich, Clements, Fittante, and Nichols were scheduled for pre-trials on July 29.

The sixth defendant, 28-year-old Michael Walsh of Iron River, is scheduled to make his court appearance today.

According to UPSET officials, the defendants were arrested on May 21 after a search of Baclich's home revealed illegal drugs and evidence of drug distribution.

Baclich faces two felony counts of delivery of heroin, seven felony counts of possession of analogues, and one high court misdemeanor count of maintaining a drug house.

If convicted, he could spend up to 30 years in prison for each heroin count and up to three years in prison for each possession of analogues and maintaining a drug house count.

Baclich is being represented by attorney Henry McRoberts of Iron Mountain.

Marcell faces four felony counts of delivery of a schedule I, II, or III drug.

If convicted, she could spend up to seven years in prison for each count.

Marcell is being represented by attorney Julie LaCost of Iron Mountain.

Clements faces 10 felony counts of delivery of a schedule I, II, or III drug.

If convicted, she could spend up to seven years in prison for each count.

Clements is being represented by attorney Dan Anderson of Iron Mountain.

Fittante faces one felony count of possession of heroin, one misdemeanor count of use of heroin, and one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana.

If convicted, she could spend up to four years in prison for the felony count and up to one year in jail for the misdemeanor counts.

Fittante is being represented by attorney Brian Brouillette of Iron Mountain.

Nichols faces two felony counts of delivery of heroin.

Since she is a habitual offender-fourth, she could spend up to life in prison if convicted.

Nichols is being represented by attorney Geoffrey Lawrence of Crystal Falls.

Walsh faces two felony counts of delivery of heroin and three felony counts of possession of heroin.

If convicted, he could spend up to 40 years in prison for each delivery of heroin count and up to eight years in prison for each possession of heroin count.

Walsh is being represented by attorney Don Powell of Iron River.

Nikki Younk's e-mail address is nyounk@ironmountaindailynews.com.

 
 

 

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