MARQUETTE, Mich. - During a brief federal court appearance in Marquette July 28, attorneys made motions to extend the discovery and plea bargain deadlines for three American Indians facing some of the most serious charges in a state and federal drug roundup at an Upper Peninsula reservation.
U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Timothy P. Greeley gave the court-appointed defense attorneys until Aug. 4 to wrap up plea negotiations and for federal prosecutors to provide further evidence to the defense such as transcripts from taped conversations.
Native dancer Edna Keezer, 60, and her husband, former union carpenter Reed Keezer, 55, of Wilson, are each charged with one federal count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana and remained free on bond.
Peter Compo Sr., 56, of Mount Pleasant, is charged with one federal count of distribution of marijuana and Vicodin, one federal count of distribution of Vicodin, one federal count of conspiracy to deliver marijuana and Vicodin and one federal count of conspiracy to deliver marijuana. Shackled in leg irons and handcuffs, Compo was escorted by U.S. Marshals to the hearing and then back to the Marquette County Jail, which holds prisoners for the federal government.
An Aug. 18 trial date has been set for the Keezers and Compo, who are among 20 people, including 16 American Indians, charged in a state and federal drug roundup at the Hannahville Potawatomi Indian Community reservation in June and July.
Ten suspects face federal charges while the other cases are in state and tribal courts. The cases involved the sale and distribution of marijuana, cocaine and prescription drugs, including narcotic painkillers.
The FBI said more arrests are expected.
While leaving the federal courthouse, the Keezers declined comment on the advice of their attorneys, but earlier said they were victims of government entrapment.