MENOMINEE — A Menominee man was sentenced to seven to 20 years in prison in 41st Circuit Court for his role in a local drug trafficking network.

Circuit Court Judge Christopher Ninomiya ordered Feb. 7 that Michael D. Peak be required to serve a minimum of seven years in the state prison before he is eligible for parole. The court also granted Menominee County Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey Rogg’s request to impose an extended term of incarceration upon Peak as a result for his previous convictions.

Peak, 46, pleaded guilty Oct. 14, 2019, to delivery of methamphetamine.

The initial investigation which led to this charge was conducted by the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET). The investigation was initiated when UPSET Det. Jacob Lauren, using a confidential informant, made two controlled purchases of methamphetamine from Peak in August 2019. One purchase was made at Veteran’s Park and the other at Peak’s residence, both in Menominee.

A search warrant on Peak’s residence was later obtained and executed by Lauren and nine individually packaged bags of methamphetamine were located in Peak’s bedroom, along with digital scales and the prerecorded UPSET funds used in the second controlled purchase.

Rogg said, in a press release from his office, that Ninomiya’s sentence “sends a strong message to the public that peddling this pernicious poison will not be tolerated. I hope other drug dealers will receive this message of deterrence.”