Traverse City Couple Arrested For Delivery Of Controlled Substance Causing Death

Shawna ButlerChad Friess

The Traverse City Narcotics Team have identified two suspects responsible for providing fentanyl that caused death earlier this year.

On January 20, TNT detectives were contacted by the Benzie County Sheriff’s deputies regarding a suspected drug overdose at a residence in Lake Ann.

The victim was transported to Munson Hospital in Traverse City for medical attention and later passed due to the toxicity of the drugs found in his system.

TNT detectives gathered evidence at the scene and after conducting multiple search warrants for records over several months were able to identify the two suspects who had delivered the fentanyl.

Wexford County Prosecutors Office authorized arrest warrants on May 26 for the suspects.

34-year-old Shawna Butler and her husband 30-year-old Chad Friess were immediately arrested after the search warrants were issued.

Butler and Friess were arraigned on May 27 in the 84th District Court.

Butler faces one count of aid and abet delivery of controlled substance causing death, punishable up to life in prison and bond was set at $25,000.

Friess faces one count of delivery of a controlled substance causing death, also punishable up to life in prison.

Friess is also a habitual offender and his bond was set at $50,000.