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Four arrested in fraud, drug investigation

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HURON COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Four adults were arrested as a result of a joint fraud and drug investigation.

On Wednesday, Dec. 28, the Huron County Sheriff’s Office and Bad Axe City Police Department started investigating several forged checks that were being passed at a Verona Township business.

Authorities believed the suspects had gone earlier to the Detroit area and were on their way back with heroin.

Later Wednesday night, the suspects’ 2000 Cadillac Escalade was spotted by the Bad Axe City Police and stopped at a Colfax Twp. apartment complex.

During the traffic stop, deputies and officers found heroin inside the vehicle.

Alicia Ford, 25, of Bad Axe was arrested for felony possession of heroin and remains in jail on a $5,000 cash bond.

Daniel Bucholtz, 30, of Pigeon was also arrested for felony possession of heroin. He also remains in jail on a $5,000 cash bond.

Christina Shepherd, 33, of Bad Axe was arrested for felony possession with the intent to deliver heroin, felony forgery and felony of uttering and publishing. She is being held without bond.

Police said they also learned two small children had been in the vehicle when the drugs were picked up in Detroit.

The children had been dropped off with relatives earlier in the day and DHS was contacted Thursday morning for possible future child abuse charges, officials said.

From the traffic stop, two search warrants were also eventually served.

The first was for a home in the 600 block of W. Huron Avenue in Bad Axe.

Deputies and officers seized prescription medication, paraphernalia and packing material from the home.

The second search warrant was for a home in the 1900 block of Crown Road within Meade Township.

The search led to the arrest of a 32-year-old Filion man on an unrelated arrest warrant.

Police also seized more packaging material, marijuana and substances that are believed to contain heroin, according to officials.

The substances will be sent to a crime lab for testing and future felony charges could be possible. 

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