MARQUETTE COUNTY, Mich. (WLUC) - A Bark River woman involved in a Dickinson County meth bust back in April avoided trial in federal court by entering a guilty plea November 7.
Kristen Nicole Mercier, 29, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute meth. A count of distribution of meth and aiding and abetting the distribution of meth, and possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of meth will be dismissed at her sentencing.
A sentencing date is scheduled for February 6 at 10 AM.
The K.I.N.D. Team and the Dickinson County Prosecutor's Office announced that five arrests were made following a drug trafficking investigation the week of April 2nd.
According to a press release, undercover officers participated in a controlled purchase of methamphetamine using a confidential informant on Thursday, April 5 around 6:30 p.m. After the controlled purchase, undercover officers followed the suspect vehicle, which eventually led them to the Mountain Host Motor Inn in Iron Mountain. All four people in the car went inside the motel for a short time.
A second controlled purchase of meth was arranged while the four people were inside the motel. Investigating officers then followed the car to the north side of Iron Mountain and pulled it over.
Following the arrest of all four people in the car, police obtained and carried out a search warrant at the motel where one of the suspects had rented a room. Police discovered about 40 grams of crystal meth hidden in the room's ceiling, along with digital scales and other drug paraphernalia.