Jonathan Michael Mullen, 31, Lansing was convicted by a Charlevoix County jury of nine felony counts following a three-day jury trial that wrapped up Friday. The jury began deliberating around 5:00 p.m. and announced its verdict around 8:30 p.m..
Mullen was convicted of possessing heroin with the intent to deliver, two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, two counts of possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony, possessing a silencer, being a felon in possession of ammunition and two counts of resisting and obstructing a police officer.
The jury was unable to reach a verdict on a tenth count of possessing fentanyl with the intent to deliver.
“I want to thank the jurors for their time, attention and of course, the verdict, which I believe was correct,” Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney Allen Telgenhof said. “They gave the case much consideration. This case ensures that a dangerous drug dealer will be off the streets and out of our county for many years.”
Mullen is a habitual offender, having been convicted of multiple felonies, including drug and weapons charges previously, and being previously sentenced to prison.
Mullen was arrested following a drug raid on February 2, 2021, when officers of the Boyne City Police Department and the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at the Parkview Apartments in Boyne City.
Police saw Mullen carrying bags to a rental car outside the apartments. A search of the car revealed he had carried an AR-15, a silencer and other parts to the gun to the vehicle. He was searched inside the home and was found in possession of ammunition for the AR-15 as well as ammunition for a pistol which was located, fully loaded, in the bedroom of the apartment.
When police knocked at the door, Mullen locked the deadbolt and headed to the bathroom inside the residence, according to witnesses. Police came inside to find Mullen leaving the bathroom and inside the toilet was a plastic baggie containing a mixture of heroin and fentanyl.
The baggie also included a smaller baggie containing what a witness indicated was a sleep aid that Mullen used to mix with his drugs before selling to create more product.
“The jury was able to see video created by a police body camera, showing the bravery of the officers as they entered this home, knowing that a convicted felon was behind that door, likely possessing weapons,” Telgenhof said.
“I also want to thank the police officers who conducted this raid, the subsequent investigation and who testified at trial. It was a true team effort.”
Mullen will be sentenced October 15 in the 33rd Circuit Court and faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.