Last Two Suspects in Meth Lab Case Have Been Arraigned

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Met lab suspects arraigned in Houghton County Circuit Court

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The two remaining suspects in a meth lab investigation in the Upper Peninsula have been arraigned.

22-year-old Kurtis Stough of Marquette plead not guilty to attempted manufacturing of methamphetamine and operating a meth lab in Houghton County Circuit Court Wednesday.  Both charges carry possible penalties of 20 years in prison and/or a $25,000 fine. A pre-trial hearing will be held in about four weeks.

Stough was one of four people arrested in relation to a suspected meth lab in Chassell that was closed down by police in late June.  21-year-old Kendall Clifton of Hancock plead guilty to attempted possession of methamphetamine as part of a plea agreement in exchange for his testimony against the other suspects.

Clifton faces up to 10 years in prison and/or a $15,000 fine.  Sentencing was scheduled for next month.

The remaining two suspects, 25-year-old Nicole Saatio and 26-year-old Michael Newberry both of Chassell have court appearances pending.

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