URGENT U.P. Breaking News Bulletin – 4-23-18 – 4:07 p.m. CT – 5:07 p.m. ET –
Ironwood, MI woman arrested Monday (again) for allegedly operating a meth lab
By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
(Ironwood, MI) – For the second time in five years, an Ironwood woman has been charged with operating a meth lab.
47-year-old Michelle Lee Kitto of 134 S. Mansfield Street in Ironwood, MI was arrested late this morning after an officer showed up at her door with a bench warrant.
Kitto, also known as Michelle Lee Rappley, was arrested about 12:45 p.m. Central Time, this afternoon Monday, April 23, 2018.
Kitto was arrested on the warrant and had a bond totaling almost $9,000.
Kitto was arrested on a Gogebic County Circuit Court bench warrant for failure to appear in court for new felony charge of operating and maintaining a meth lab.
Details of Kittos latest arrest is not known. So far, officials had not announced another meth raid.
That wasn’t the case five years ago:
Kitto was among three people arrested in May 2013 following Gogebic Iron Area Narcotics Team (GIANT) drug raids at homes in Gogebic County including 229 South Mansfield Street – a block from today’s arrest.
However five years ago, it took two state drug teams to cleanup the mess left after the meth lab was raided and Kitto was arrested.
At the time, GIANT called in the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) to assist in cleaning up both locations that were raided.
Kitto was charged with five counts of operating or maintaining a meth lab and one count of operating or maintaining a drug lab in the presence of a minor – and held on a $200,0000 bond.
Under a plea bargain, Kitto pleaded guilty in April 2014 to one count of operating and maintaining a meth lab.
She received a two-year sentence – however it is unclear how long she actually spent in prison or jail.
Kitto was discharged from probation in April 2016.
Offense: Operating/Maintaining a Lab Involving Methamphetamine
Maximum Sentence: 2 years
Date of Offense: 5/08/2013
Date of Sentence: 4/22/2014
Conviction Type: Plea
Discharge Date: 4/21/2016
Discharge Reason: Offender Discharge