Traffic Stop Results in Two Drug Arrests in Leelanau County

A traffic stop in Leelanau County late Monday night resulted in a pair of drug arrests.

Around midnight Monday, a deputy from the Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office observed a suspicious vehicle leaving a closed park. The deputy was able to make a traffic stop for driving violations on West Bay Shore Drive near Bingham Road in Bingham Township.

According to the sheriff’s department, upon making contact with the driver, a deputy was able to smell a distinct odor of controlled substances emitting from the vehicle. Upon further investigation, it was determined that the driver was in violation of several laws but was going to be released from the scene with an appearance ticket. The driver was advised to call a friend to receive a ride home.

As the suspect’s vehicle was being inventoried for towing, deputies located controlled substances within its passenger compartment.

The suspect, a a 32-year-old Suttons Bay man, was arrested and lodged at the Leelanau County Jail on multiple drug offenses and operating without a license.

Upon the friend arriving, deputies learned that the friend had a valid warrant for his arrest out of Leelanau County. The friend, a 41-year-old Suttons Bay man, was then arrested.

As deputies inventoried his vehicle for towing, they found controlled substances within it. He was lodged at the Leelanau County Jail on an outstanding warrant and possession of a controlled substance (cocaine).