December 9, 2016

STING nabs five subjects

Program could end in Arenac County

By James Kuch
News Editor | news@arenacindependent.com
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ARENAC COUNTY — The multi-county Strike Team Investigative Narcotics Group task force (STING) and the Arenac County Sheriff’s Department have apprehended five individuals for multiple felony counts of drug trafficking in Arenac County.

Marie Wood, Joleene Kedron and John Tobian, all of Sterling, David Mann of Twining, and Jack Long of AuGres were charged individually with counts varying from conspiracy to deliver/manufacture a controlled substance, to maintaining a drug house. All subjects were arrested over the past two weeks and were arraigned on Thursday, Sept. 8.

Arenac County Sheriff’s Department Undersheriff Donald McIntyre said the subjects were apprehended due to the work of STING.

“All of these subjects were caught either processing drugs, growing drugs (or) growing marijuana,” he said. “These people were caught as the result of ongoing investigations developed through informants, tips from the community and surveillance.”

McIntyre said STING has investigated 109 drug-related cases in Arenac County over the past two years, leading to 76 arrests. He added that he believes the program has been a success.

“I think the results speak for themselves,” he said. “When (we) have 109 cases, that are not just marijuana cases, but are narcotics trafficking, growing and trafficking, and we have seen a lot of cases where people were selling pills. All of this has seen a decrease because everyone has done their part.”

Although STING has been a success in the Arenac County area, McIntyre said a grant that the Sheriff’s Department uses to fund the program will expire in October.

He added that the county does not have the funding to continue supporting the program.

“We are doing everything we can to keep this program in this county,” he said. “We have applied for a (grant) to try and help fund this program.”

McIntyre said STING has helped reduce other areas of crime as well.

“We are seeing the numbers of other criminal activity come down as a result of the things that STING is doing,” he said. “Many crimes are linked to narcotic activity. If they do a raid on a drug house, sometimes STING will find stolen property. Many people also steal and sell things to help fuel their (operation).”

McIntyre said he is concerned about seeing a rise in drug trafficking if STING is forced to shut down.

“When we first started this program two years ago, things in the drug community were definitely at a high,” he said. “Things have curtailed ever since the program began in the area.”

McIntyre said he believes the program was a success for the area, but added that it needs to continue in the future.

“In the short term, the impact was great,” he said. “However, I don’t think that two years of STING is long enough. We need ongoing undercover drug investigations.”

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Good Job STING!

Thursday, September 8, 2011 | Report this

awesome, amazing what the difference a good sheriff and staff can make!!

Friday, September 9, 2011 | Report this

These drug busts only proves that the former commissoners who got rid of STING many years ago were wrong. We needed STING then and we need STING now.

And I have a current commisoner who has stated in the past we don't have a drug problem in Arenac County. How wrong he is.

I am so very happy to have had STING back in Arenac County this past year and a half. Hopefully whoever has the grant will okay it and give us another two years:)

Thank you STING, Sheriff Mosciski and all your employees for keeping us safe, I appreciate it.

Friday, September 9, 2011 | Report this

Not saying we don't need Sting in Arenac County, but people probably don't realize that they do a year long investigation and then do a round up once a year which makes people think_____Oh we have alot of crime here. Not to say we don't have crime but there is crime everywhere.

Friday, September 9, 2011 | Report this

How long were you, sunshine51, involved with STING to be such an expert on what they do and how they do it?

Friday, September 9, 2011 | Report this

Coolcase74 Ask any lawyer in town and they'll tell you!!!!!

Sunday, September 11, 2011 | Report this

I would believe a police officer before I would believe a lawyer any day!

Sunday, September 11, 2011 | Report this

I am very grateful Sheriff Mosciski was able to get a grant last year to get Sting back into Arenac County. Too many young people have died from drug overdoses. Would these young people have died if Sting had been allowed to stay in Arenac County those many years they were gone? No one will ever know because there was a certain group of people who made it their personal agenda to get rid of Sting. Also, I highly doubt any Sting officer is going to share all the details of their investigations with a lawyer.

Sunday, September 11, 2011 | Report this

Just saying glad to have sting in Arenac. just need to arrest them sooner. Sorry I struck a nerve. :)

Monday, September 12, 2011 | Report this

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