Three arrested in eastern U.P. meth investigation

SAULT STE. MARIE — Three Upper Peninsula residents have been arrested in a meth investigation.

They are Robert Grondin, 23, of St. Ignace, shown on the left; Ryan Rogers, 32, of Negaunee, in the center; and Cortney Brown, 18, of Kincheloe, on the right.

Tri-DENT, or the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Taskforce, is a joint effort of several law enforcement agencies in Luce, Chippewa and Mackinac Counties. The drug team says it conducted a lengthy investigation recently of a group of people that it believed were making meth in and around Chippewa County.

Tri-DENT arrested Grondin, Rogers and Brown on Sunday in Kincheloe as a result of that investigation. They’re each accused of manufacture of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine.

The three have been arraigned in District Court and their preliminary exam is scheduled for October 13th.

Grondin is in the Chippewa County Jail on $10,000 bond. Rogers is being held on $100,000 bond. Brown is free after posting a $5,000 bond.