Port Huron man arrested
UPDATE: A 47 year old Port Huron man was arraigned Wednesday on several charges following his arrest Monday after a traffic stop for outstanding warrants. Among the charges against Benigno Santana is delivery/manufacture of methamphetamine and resisting and obstructing police. Santana is expected to be arraigned on the Secret Service warrant at a later date on counterfeiting offenses and his bond has been set at $250,000 cash/surety. Santana is scheduled to appear in court for a probable cause hearing early next month. The investigation into Santana regarding the computers, printers, hard drives and flash drives seized during his arrest is ongoing and authorities say he could be facing additional charges. Police say the charge of meth was added after they took Santana into custody. Members of the DTF observed the suspect driving in the city of Port Huron around 5:00 Monday afternoon. Santana fled police and ran into a nearby house where he was apprehended. Following his arrest, the DTF conducted a search of the man’s car and discovered $23,000 worth of crystal methamphetamine, along with several computers, printers, hard drives and flash drives, believed to be used in a counterfeiting operation.
(ST. CLAIR COUNTY) – The St. Clair County Drug Task Force arrested a 47 year old Port Huron man Tuesday on a pair or drug-related warrants.
According to St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon, the DTF knew the suspect had a circuit court bench warrant for failing to appear for sentencing on a conviction for delivery of methamphetamine. He also had a federal warrant from the U.S. Secret Service regarding counterfeiting operations.
Members of the DTF observed the suspect driving in the area of 11th Street and Gillett Street in the city of Port Huron shortly before 5:00 p.m. Monday. They conducted a traffic stop, however the suspect bailed out of his vehicle and ran into a residence in the 1100 block of Gillett.
After attempts to call him out of the home failed, the Drug Task Force received permission from the homeowner to enter the residence to locate the man. He was found inside the home and arrested without incident.
Following the arrest, the DTF conducted a search of the man’s car. Inside, they located about $23,000 worth of crystal methamphetamine, along with several computers, printers, hard drives and flash drives, believed to be used in the counterfeiting operation.
The suspect is currently being held at the St. Clair County Intervention and Detention Center on the two warrants. He is also expected to be charged with delivery of methamphetamine for the drugs found in his vehicle.
The Port Huron Police K-9 Unit also assisted the investigation at the scene of the traffic stop.