2 suspects face numerous gun charges

November 17, 2015

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PERE MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP — Mason County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested two suspects on numerous weapons charges early Monday evening, Nov. 16, following a seven-month investigation that involved obtaining information from the suspects’ cell phones, according to Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole.

A 29-year-old Scottville man was arrested on a five-count warrant charging him with receiving and concealing firearms; two counts of felony firearms; conspiracy to commit felony firearms; and firearms possession by a felon, according to Cole. The suspect is being charged as a four-time habitual offender.

A 24-year-old Scottville man was arrested on a three-count warrant charging him with receiving and concealing firearms; felony firearms; and conspiracy to commit receiving and concealing of firearms, the sheriff said.

The investigation started as a result of a traffic stop March 16, 2015 at 9:16 a.m. in Pere Marquette Township in which a 20-year-old man was arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of a stolen handgun. “Over the course of the next several months, search warrants were executed on cell phones belonging to those involved. With the assistance of the Digital Forensics Lab in Ludington, valuable information was obtained from the cell phones which assisted deputies in their investigation and eventually led to the charges being filed,” the sheriff said.

The following is other MCSO activity Monday, Nov. 16, 2015:

9:56 p.m., a 53-year-old Ludington man was arrested following a traffic stop for operating under the influence of drugs and violation of the medical marijuana act, PM Hwy. and First Street, PM Twp.

4:02 p.m., assorted home electronics were stolen during a breaking and entering, 1000 block of N. Jebavy Drive, PM Twp.

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