HARRISVILLE – Mason William Stafford, 21, National City, is being held in the Alcona County Jail on a $200,000 bond. He is also awaiting charges in Iosco County, stemming from his alleged failure to complete the Drug Court program.
According to the Alcona County Sheriff’s Office, police responded to a report on Jan. 9 that Stafford had fled from the Alcona County Court House, after being discharged from the Drug Court program for failing to comply with the terms and conditions.
Authorities state that, after being discharged from the program, Stafford was being held on a warrant from Iosco County and was waiting to be transported back to the Iosco County Jail, when he fled the courtroom.
Personnel from the Alcona County Sheriff’s Office – assisted by the Michigan State Police (MSP) Alpena Post and MSP K-9 unit – conducted a search in the Harrisville area, where they allegedly located Stafford about ½-mile away, hiding in a heavily wooded area. Those from the sheriff’s office note that Stafford was taken back into custody and lodged in the Alcona County Jail on an additional charge of Escaping Lawful Custody.
If convicted, the misdemeanor offense carries a penalty of up to one year of incarceration. At press time, Stafford remained lodge in the Alcona County Jail.
As previously reported in this publication, Stafford was arrested in Tawas City by the MSP on Aug. 3, 2018. He was lodged in the Iosco County Jail and released the same day on a $10,000 bond.
At the time, Stafford faced one felony count of carrying a concealed weapon, one felony count of possession of a controlled substance less than 25 grams, a misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle with a suspended license and one misdemeanor count of possessing a weapon without a license. Records from Iosco County 81st District Court show that Stafford, while driving on US-23, was stopped by an MSP trooper for speeding. Stafford allegedly admitted to police that there was a handgun inside his center console and that he did not have a Concealed Pistol License.
After getting consent from Stafford to search the vehicle, the trooper claimed to have located a loaded revolver in the console, which came back with no record. Further, there were no results when checking for firearms registered to Stafford.
The trooper states that he also located a cigarette box in the vehicle which allegedly contained six packets of suspected heroin. When Stafford was questioned about the contents of the cigarette pack, he allegedly admitted it was heroin.