16 charged with drug trafficking in Lansing

LANSING, Michigan (WLUC) – US Attorney Andrew Birge announced Wednesday that 16 defendants have been arrested and charged with drug trafficking crimes in the Lansing area.

Eight defendants were charged in a criminal complaint with conspiracy to distribute heroin, fentanyl and cocaine. Seven other defendants were charged in another criminal complaint with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and fentanyl. One defendant was charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, fentanyl and cocaine base.

The following people were charged in the complaints and indictment:

  • Edward Washington, 39
  • Demanuel Porter, 33
  • Jamar Street, 30
  • Latisha Mack, 32
  • Hieronymus Till, 50
  • Ebony Malone, 36
  • Michael Terry, 33
  • Angela Dority, 46
  • Before Heard-White, Jan.
  • John Humphrey, 32
  • Marquise Brooks, 33
  • Miguel Schuler, 24
  • Lake Arnon, 34
  • Demetrus heard, 29
  • Jeffrey Humphrey, 52
  • Jordan Suttles, Jan.

Federal, state and local investigators seized large amounts of cash, methamphetamine, heroin and fentanyl while the defendants were arrested and 15 search warrants were executed. The investigators also seized more than 20 firearms.

Further details on the allegations can be found in the indictment, complaints and supporting affidavits that were unsealed yesterday.

Fourteen of the defendants first appeared yesterday; two defendants first appeared today. The charges are the result of a cross-agency investigation by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); Lansing Police Department (LPD), including Lansing Police Department Special Operations Section (LPD SOS); Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); Michigan State Police (MSP); Office for Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); United States Marshals Service (USMS); and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) supported the investigation.

Over 150 state, state, and local law enforcement officers from Michigan, Illinois, and Ohio assisted with search warrants and arrests on August 3rd.

Birge reminds the public that the allegations in the criminal complaint are merely allegations and not evidence of guilt. The defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty in court. It is the government’s responsibility to prove the guilt beyond any doubt.

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