Names released of 2 arrested for cocaine possession near Covington

The arrests were made on Thursday, Sept. 15
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Published: Sep. 16, 2022 at 7:09 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 19, 2022 at 3:16 PM EDT
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BARAGA COUNTY, Mich. (WLUC) - The man and woman arrested near Covington on Sept. 15 for possession of cocaine were arraigned Monday morning in Baraga County District Court.

Twenty-two-year-old Madisson Leah Tikkanen and 40-year-old Prince Preston were charged with possession of cocaine. The Baraga County Prosecutor Joseph O’Leary said they were also in possession of a large amount of fentanyl, but charges related to that offense are still pending.

At the arraignment Tuesday, O’Leary said he argued that Tikkanen and Preston were a flight risk and that the large quantities of fentanyl they were in possession of made them a danger to Baraga County. According to O’Leary, the judge agreed and imposed a cash bond of $50,000 on Tikkanen and a cash bond of $100,000 on Preston.

There will be a probable cause conference for each within 14 days and a preliminary examination within 21 days.

TV6 will continue to follow this story as it develops.

Last published: Sep 16, 2022 7:09:43 PM

A 22-year-old woman from Baraga and a 40-year-old man from Milwaukee were arrested Thursday near Covington for possession of cocaine. This is a four-year felony.

Following a four-month investigation, detectives from the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) developed information that suspects were bringing large quantities of fentanyl into Baraga County. Detectives were able to determine that the suspects were traveling back from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Sept. 15. They set up surveillance to locate the suspected vehicle.

The man and woman were located traveling on US-141 and a traffic stop was conducted by the MSP Hometown Security Team (HST) near Covington.

An exterior search of the vehicle was conducted by an HST K-9 which indicated illegal drugs were in the vehicle. During an interior search, troopers discovered a small amount of cocaine. When searching the suspects, troopers found 20 grams of fentanyl on the female passenger.

The suspects’ names will not be released until their arraignment in the 97th District Court in Baraga County. The case is being reviewed by the Baraga County Prosecutor’s Office. Additional charges including possession with intent to deliver fentanyl are expected, which could be a 20-year felony.

UPSET was assisted by MSP-HST, MSP-Calumet Post, KBIC Tribal Police, Baraga County Sheriff and Dynamite Towing.

If you have information on illegal drugs in your community, contact UPSET at (906) 228-1002. You can also submit anonymous tips here.