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Women not charged in salt methamphetamine case

ALPENA, Mich. — As the case of two Saginaw men who sold two Alpena women salt in place of methamphetamine continues to move through the court system, we have an update on why the women intending to purchase may not be charged in the case.

22–year–old John Gaddy and 17–year–old–Duron Lowe were arrested and lodged at the Alpena County Jail after the drug deal went south.  After discovering they were sold salt in place of methamphetamine, one of the women drove her car into the back of the car of Lowe and Gaddy.

According to Alpena Attorney, Denise Burke, the prosecutor has absolute discretion as to whom to charge and whom not to charge.  Burke says the driver could have been charged with felonious assault as the car was intentionally used as a dangerous weapon.  The women could have also been charged with soliciting to buy an illegal substance even though it was salt that they purchased.

Burke said one of the men involved in the case is charged as a habitual offender because of his four other felony offenses.  She explained that one of the women involved has a case pending in Ossineke for possessing methamphetamine back in May of 2020 which also makes her a fourth offender facing a 10-year felony.

Lowe is out on bail while Gaddy remains lodged at the Alpena County Jail.