Sheriff Patrol Deputies and Bad Axe City Police Officers, Huron County Drug Task Force members executed a search warrant at a house on Charlotte St. in Colfax Twp. yesterday afternoon, April 20th. Ralph R. Kinney, 43, was detained after the Task Force and Deputies discovered fentanyl. He was charged with felony fentanyl possession today, and he remains in the Huron County Jail pending a $2000 bail.
Two males were detained on drug charges later that evening by the Huron County Drug Task Force members, Patrol Deputies, Bad Axe City Police Officers, and a Sebewaing Police Officer. This happened on M-25 just south of Sebewaing in Sebewaing Twp. These were the results of an extensive investigation into drug trafficking in Huron county. Approximately 60 grams of methamphetamine with a street value of around $6000, one armed suspect with a pistol, another firearm, and additional weapons in the car were discovered during these arrests. Cash and other valuables were also discovered.
Edward A. Rodriquez, 47, of Saginaw, was charged with felony narcotics trafficking and felony firearms counts and was formally arraigned today. A bond of $4000 was imposed on him. Jeffrey A. Martin, 37, of Bay City, was arrested and charged with the same offense. A bond of $4000 was also issued for him. Both are still in Huron County Jail as of this publication. As the investigation proceeds, further charges are likely. Their Toyota Camry was impounded, and it will be searched in the coming days.
Yesterday’s three arrests come on the heels of other arrests and investigations this year.
February Activities By the Huron County Drug Task Force
The Huron County Drug Task Force conducted a search warrant at a residence in the hamlet of Kinde in February, resulting in the seizure of methamphetamine and fentanyl. In addition, the Huron County Drug Task Force conducted a search warrant at a house in Hume Township. Cocaine and other paraphernalia were discovered during a search of the residence.
A search warrant was conducted on Butler Street in Bad Axe during March, yielding methamphetamine and cocaine. The investigation was aided by the Huron County Drug Task Force, Huron County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputies, and the Bad Axe Police Department. Patrol Deputies from the Huron County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the village of Sebewaing to investigate a suspicious person allegation. Deputies investigated the report and found methamphetamine at a home in the hamlet of Sebewaing. Finally, during an inquiry into the transportation of cocaine and fentanyl, a Bad Axe man and woman were apprehended. The Huron County Drug Task Force conducted the investigation over many months.
A Huron County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputy performed a traffic check near Bad Axe in April and discovered the motorist was in possession of a scale and methamphetamine, as well as being on parole. A car check-in in Caseville Township by a Huron County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputy resulted in the seizure of methamphetamine and fentanyl. A 26-year-old Millington man was arrested for the incident, and he was also on parole. Finally, a Bad Axe lady was arrested on outstanding warrants for methamphetamine and fentanyl possession. The allegations arise from a Huron County Drug Task Force investigation that included a search warrant of a house last October.
Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson encourages illegal drug tips by calling your local police department or calling the Sheriff’s office during regular business hours at 989-269-6500 or Huron Central Dispatch’s non-emergency number at 989-269-6421. Confidential callers can use the TIPS Line at 989-269-2861.