ISABELLA INDIAN RESERVATION — The Saginaw Chippewa Police Department and Bay Area Narcotics Enforcement Taskforce (BAYANET) are any information leading to further evidence and/or charges on persons, or people of interest in connection with the overdose death of John Sanders, a member of Saginaw Chippewa Tribe, February 20, 2015.
BAYANET has a person of interest being held on unrelated charges and a parole violation at this time.
Related: Saginaw Chippewa Tribe Banishes Two American Indians for Drug Trafficking
The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan has declared a war on drugs on the Isabella Indian Reservation where the tribe is based in the central portion of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.
The law enforcement’s request for assistance comes less than a week after the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Council bansished two American Indians – who are not members of their tribe – from their tribal lands for being arrested for drug trafficking within the Isabella Indian Reservation boundaries.
“We will do all we can to keep our community and surrounding area free of drugs!” stated Tribal Chief, Steve Pego.
Saginaw Chippewa Chief Steve Pego signs “War on Drug” decree
Currently multiple pieces of evidence are being combed through for incriminating evidence regarding the person of interest being held. Dozens of telephone calls to the Mt. Pleasant area from the person of interest have been uncovered. Additionally, law enforcement have become aware of numerous visits to the tribal by the person of interest. Currently police have seized the suspect’s cell phone and are working on forensic downloads of the phone in an attempt at linking evidence pertaining to the overdose of John Sanders.
BAYANET is requesting anyone who has any information to please come forward and call their office at (989) 779-9697.