Ishpeming man arraigned on drug charges

MARQUETTE – An Ishpeming man who led police on a weekend manhunt was arraigned on drug charges in Marquette County District Court Monday.

Todd Raymond Mills, 31, is charged with two counts of controlled substance-operating a methamphetamine lab, a 20-year felony.

Ishpeming Police Department Chief Dan Willey said Monday that a November investigation into a meth lab in the city had led to warrants being issued for Mills’ arrest. When he heard police were looking for him, Mills called Willey.

“He called me and told me he was going to commit suicide by cop and hurt people who had hurt him,” Willey said.

Ishpeming police – with the assistance of the Michigan State Police from the Negaunee Township post, the Marquette County Sheriff’s Ofice and the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team – spent the weekend looking for Mills, who Willey said was released in May after serving about a decade in prison for a violent offense.

Willey talked to Mills again on Sunday and the suspect agreed to surrender to police. He was on foot Sunday evening, when he was arrested on Ishpeming’s North Street.

Currently lodged in the Marquette County Jail, Mills is being held on a $100,000 cash bond.

He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 25.

According to the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect is registered by the Michigan State Police as a sex offender under the name Todd Raymond Wentworth.

Kyle Whitney can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250.