Heroin Blamed for Death of Man on Grand Traverse Band Tribal Land

Published November 27, 2017

SUTTONS BAY, MICHIGAN – A 31-year-old man was found dead last Thursday, November 22, 2017, from a herion overdose on tribal land of the Grand Traverse Band (GTB) of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians in northern Michigan. Deputies from the Leelanau County Sheriff Office administered NARCAN in an attempt to revive the victim but this was unsuccessful. Suttons Bay Fire and Rescue also attempted to treat the victim but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

An investigation was conducted and two suspects identified as being responsible for the delivery of the heroin involved in this incident. These two suspect were located by Leelanau County Sheriff’s Deputies with the assistance of Grand Traverse Band Department of Public Safety, at a residence on Ki-Dah-Keh Road on the Reservation. On authorization from the Prosecutor’s Office, both suspect were taken into custody for Delivery of a Controlled Substance Causing Death. One suspect was a 20 -year-old female from Suttons Bay and the second suspect was a 21-year-old man from Wisconsin. They were both lodged in the Leelanau County Jail awaiting arraignment on the charges.

The Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office is being assisted by the Grand Traverse Band Department of Public Safety and members of the Traverse Narcotics Team. Additional investigation into this incident is continuing.

The GTB Tribal Council will release a statement later Monday, one tribal official told Native News Online.


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