CADILLAC — A 40-year-old Cadillac man was charged with drug and driving-related offenses during his arraignment in Wexford County's 84th District Court.

Shawn Michael Flanders was charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine and one count of operating a motor vehicle with no license or multiple licenses for his connection with an incident on April 27 in Haring Township. A habitual offender third offense notice was added to the charge which enhances the sentence to twice the maximum.

If convicted of the meth-related felony, Flanders faces up to 20 years in prison and/or $30,000 in fines.

The charges are merely accusations and not evidence of guilt. Flanders is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. The prosecution has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

At 1:30 a.m. on April 27, a trooper from the Cadillac Michigan State Police Post stopped a vehicle on Mitchell Street near Bell Avenue in Haring Township. The driver, identified as Flanders, did not have a driver's license or proof of insurance. He also was found to possess suspected methamphetamine.

A $25,000 cash or surety bond was issued by the court and a probable cause conference was scheduled on May 4.

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