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UPDATE: Two of three arrested in Houghton County for drug charges sentenced

The three arrested faced differing charges, stemming from three separate Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team investigations.
Mugshots, left to right: Jason Paananen, Sally Gibson, and Martin Myllyoja.
Mugshots, left to right: Jason Paananen, Sally Gibson, and Martin Myllyoja.(Houghton County Sheriff's Office/WLUC)
Published: Jun. 1, 2021 at 3:54 PM EDT|Updated: Jan. 26, 2022 at 12:24 PM EST
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HOUGHTON COUNTY, Mich. (WLUC) - Two out of three individuals arrested in Houghton County in May for their involvement in selling illegal drugs have been sentenced.

On Monday Jan. 10, 38-year-old Martin Myllyoja of Dollar Bay entered a plea deal and was sentenced to 365 days in prison for three counts of Delivery of Methamphetamine.

He was arrested in May, 2021 by the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) and charged with three counts of Delivery of Methamphetamine and one count of Delivery of Suboxone.

Forty-five-year-old Jason Paananen of Houghton was also sentenced earlier this month. He was disposed on a guilty plea and sentenced to 12 months probation and 5 days in jail with credit. He was also ordered to pay $40 in restitution.

Paananen was arrested in May, 2021 after an investigation by UPSET separate from that of Myllyoja, and charged with one count of Delivery of Suboxone.

Sally Gibson, the 34-year-old woman from Calumet who was arrested after a third separate UPSET investigation, has not yet been sentenced. She was originally arrested on three counts of Delivery of Methamphetamine and one count of Delivery of Suboxone.

Gibson’s trial is currently in the Houghton County Circuit Court’s April docket. We will provide updates on her court date and sentencing once the information is available.

Last published: Jun 1, 2021 3:54:39 PM

Three Houghton County residents were arrested and later arraigned on drug charges.

On Thursday, May 27, detectives from the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) arrested three people involved in selling illegal drugs.

The three suspects are involved in separate investigations and are not related, UPSET says. Those arrested were:

  • After a two-month investigation, detectives from UPSET and officers from Houghton City Police Department arrested 45-year-old Jason Paananen, of Houghton, on one count of Delivery of Suboxone, a 7-year felony.
    • Pannanen was arraigned in 97th District Court in Houghton County and his bond was set at $5,000.
  • After a three-month investigation, detectives from UPSET and deputies from the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office arrested 34-year-old Sally Gibson, of Calumet, on three counts of Delivery of Methamphetamine, 20-year felonies.
    • Gibson was arraigned in 97th District Court in Houghton County and her bond was set at $5,000 on each count.
  • After a four-month investigation, detectives from UPSET and deputies from the Houghton County Sheriff Department arrested 38-year-old Martin Myllyoja, of Dollar Bay, on three counts of Delivery of Methamphetamine, 20-year felonies and one count of Delivery of Suboxone, a 7-year felony.
    • Myllyoja was arraigned in 97th District Court in Houghton County and his bond was set at $10,000.

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