Second suspect in drug case stemming from teen’s death turns himself in.

January 18, 2018

Mason Saya

Second suspect in drug case stemming from teen’s death turns himself in.


By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief.

LUDINGTON — Mason Saya, 19, of 3816 N. Tuttle Road, Sherman Township, turned himself into authorities Thursday and was arraigned in 79th District Court at the Mason County Courthouse on drug charges that stemmed from the Oct. 16, 2017 traffic crash death of 16-year-old Henry MacDougall of Ludington.

Saya was arrested on a two count warrant, which included charges of controlled substance — maintaining a drug house, a high court misdemeanor punishable by up to two years imprisonment and/or a $25,000 fine, and controlled substance — possession of marijuana/synthetic equivalents, a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year imprisonment and/or a $5,000 fine.

Saya’s father, Paul James Saya, 52, of the same address, was arraigned Wednesday on the same charges.

A preliminary examination is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. on Feb. 7, 2018. Bail was set at $5,000, 10% deposit.

Henry MacDougall died after his vehicle crashed into a semi-truck and trailer at the intersection of US 31 and Sugar Grove Road in Sherman Township. MacDougall was west-bound on Sugar Grove Road and failed to stop for the intersection. According to Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole, MacDougall had traces of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in his body.

Sheriff Cole said while the charges against Saya and his son are not directly related to MacDougall’s death, the circumstances behind the death led to investigators seeking the drug warrants. He said detectives had obtained a Snapchat video taken of MacDougall within two hours of the crash showing him “dabbing,” which is using a type of inhaler to ingest a drug. In this case, Cole said, MacDougall was dabbing a highly concentrated form of marijuana wax.

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