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Graham Jaehnig / Daily Mining Gazette This July 2017 photo shows Curt Pennala, then the Keweenaw County Deputy Sheriff, demonstrating how easy it is to get rid of prescription pills.

CALUMET – Deputies from the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a break and enter complaint in the village of Calumet on Monday, December 13, 2021, according to the sheriff’s office statement.

The entry occurred in a vacant apartment which still contained the belongings of the tenant who was residing there at the time of his death. During the investigation, it was discovered that several suspects had stolen prescription drugs that belonged to the deceased tenant.

On Tuesday, MPs executed a search warrant in the village of Laurium in connection with the break and enter complaint.

A 47-year-old man has been arrested for possession of a Schedule II controlled substance. Schedule II controlled substances include: cocaine, methamphetamine, oxycodone, Adderall, Ritalin, and Vicodin, according to the Federal Drug Scheduling System.

A 41-year-old woman was arrested on a pending warrant.

The sheriff’s office said the investigation is ongoing and more suspects and charges are expected.

The Houghton County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Laurium Village Police Department, the Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Office and the K-9 Unit, and the Michigan State Police Station, Calumet.

The Houghton County and Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Offices provide the public with an opportunity to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by ridding their homes of expired, unused and potentially dangerous unwanted prescription pills. The service is free, anonymous and no questions asked.

Disposal prescription pills can be brought to the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office at 403 East Houghton Avenue in Houghton, or to the Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Office at 5105 4th St, in Eagle River. However, they cannot accept liquids, needles or sharp objects.

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