U.P. man sentenced to jail

MARQUETTE, MICHIGAN — Daryl David Houghton, Sr., 62, of Naubinway, Michigan, was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for conspiracy to manufacture marijuana, U.S. Attorney Patrick A. Miles, Jr. announced today. In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge R. Allan Edgar ordered Houghton to serve four years of court supervision following his release from prison and to pay a $100 special assessment.

On September 11, 2012, Houghton pleaded guilty to a federal indictment charging him with conspiracy to manufacture 100 or more marijuana plants. The charge stemmed from an investigation in 2007 surrounding the growing of marijuana in various locations in Mackinac County. The investigation revealed an ongoing conspiracy to manufacture marijuana that spanned from 2004 through 2007 involving over 400 marijuana plants.

The Straits Area Narcotics Enforcement team, Michigan State Police, and Chippewa County Sheriff Department investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul D. Lochner prosecuted the case.