Saginaw Chippewa Tribe Chief Steve Pego
Published September 29, 2015
ISABELLA INDIAN RESERVATION – On September 27, 2015, the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police Department gathered information in connection to a possible marijuana grow operation. A search warrant was obtained for a location on South Wise Road in Chippewa Township, Michigan. Upon serving the search warrant, a medical marijuana grow operation was discovered. An unusually high number of marijuana plants were at the location. Officers seized 102 marijuana plants, approximately 14 lbs. of marijuana product and several long guns from the location.
Three men were arrested in connection with the search warrant and marijuana grow operation. They were John Roy Bendele a 43 year old male, Raymond Dangelo Lynn a 20 year old male, and Joseph Ryan Terrell a 19 year old male. All three men were arraigned in Isabella County on September 28, 2015.
“It is our intention to seek out and expose any individual or group conducting illegal drug operations within our reservation and surrounding lands. We will seek prosecution to the fullest extent of the law. I am proud that we have such a diligent police department and we can count on them to ensure we meet this War on Drugs head on.” stated Tribal Chief, Steve Pego.