3 arrested in drug smuggling attempt at Mich. prison

An investigation revealed that several prisoners currently serving time at Lakeland Correctional Facility were involved in the attempt


By Melissa Frick
MLive.com

BRANCH COUNTY, Mich. — Michigan State Police are investigating an alleged drug smuggling attempt at the Lakeland Correctional Facility in Coldwater.

The Michigan Department of Corrections uncovered a plot to smuggle drugs into the prison on Saturday, Sept. 19, according to Michigan State Police.

MDOC officials contacted state police to conduct an investigation, and police said they were able to locate three suspects with the help of K-9 officers and an MSP drone. State troopers took two adults and one juvenile into police custody.

A 33-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man, both from Adrian, were arrested and lodged in the Branch County Jail on multiple felony charges, police said. A 15-year-old, who is the daughter of the woman, was also taken into custody, police said.

Officers will request charges for the teenager’s role through family court, police said. The juvenile has since been turned over the a family member, and Child Protective Services were contacted, police said.

Investigation revealed that several prisoners currently serving time at Lakeland Correctional Facility were involved in the attempt, police said, adding they will seek charges for the prisoners involved.

Police are withholding names at this time pending upcoming court hearings. The case will be turned over to the Branch County Prosecutor’s Office, police said.

State police were assisted in the investigation by MDOC, MSP Aviation Unit, MSP K-9, Michigan Department of National Resources and the Branch County Sheriff’s Department K-9 officers.

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