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Former Houghton Narcotics Officer Sentenced for Possession of Methamphetamine

LANSING – Yesterday, in the 12th Circuit Court in Houghton County, former narcotics enforcement police officer Scott Monette, 55, of Chassel Township, was sentenced to serve 90 days in jail and 18 months’ probation under a deferred sentence after pleading guilty last month to Possession of Methamphetamine, announced Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel. Monette additionally resigned, and agreed not to renew his MCOLES certification, a prerequisite for employment as a police officer in Michigan. Other conditions of Monette’s probation include drug testing and counselling.

Monette was employed as a police officer with the Houghton City Police Department at the time of the allegations of methamphetamine use and possession. He additionally served on the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET), tasked with narcotics enforcement across all 15 counties of the Upper Peninsula, though Monette had ceased his role with UPSET by the time the allegations were made in 2021.   

This case was investigated by the Michigan State Police. In July 2021, allegations were made to the Houghton office of UPSET that Monette was using and possessed methamphetamine. That investigation found methamphetamine and smoking pipes at Monette’s residence and confirmed his DNA was present on the pipes. Monette pled guilty to the charge of one count of Possession of Methamphetamine on January 3rd of this year. 

“Crimes committed by police officers harm not only the communities they swore to protect and serve, but also trust in law enforcement everywhere,” said Nessel. “Our chief goal in this prosecution was to ensure Monette’s law enforcement career was over, and with this plea and sentence we were able to secure that, for not only the people of Houghton but the entire State as well.”


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