FBI searching for 23-year-old Grand Rapids man among 11 facing drug, firearm charges

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The FBI is searching for a 23-year-old Grand Rapids man who is among 11 men facing drug and firearm charges.

Seven out of the 11 men are facing charges related to the possession and transfer of “switches” that turn semi-automatic pistols into fully automatic machineguns, prosecutors said.

Five of the men were arrested Thursday (Dec. 15) morning and another five were already in custody on prior charges.

Eric Williams, 23, has been charged with “conspiracy to possess or transfer a machinegun.” The FBI believes Williams is either in Benton Harbor or Grand Rapids.

According to prosecutors, a switch can be installed with little knowledge and only takes around one minute. Once installed, it can enable a semi-automatic pistol to fire over 1,000 rounds per minute with a single trigger pull.

“Conversion devices are not simple firearms parts or metal accessories, as commonly advertised. When a person uses an illegally converted weapon that shoots multiple rounds by a single function, it poses an even more serious threat to public safety,” said Craig Kailimai, Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the Detroit Field Division. “The collaborative effort and commitment between the US Attorney’s Office, our Federal, State of Michigan, and Local partners to investigate and prosecute these cases protects our communities from this violent threat.”

Anyone who has any information about where Williams is located should contact the United States Marshals Service at 616-456-2438.

Photographs of uninstalled and installed switches as illustrations. (Criminal Complaint)

Surname resident Age batch
Evoion Anderson Benton Harbour 20 Distribution of methamphetamine; conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine
Jayvon Anthony Benton Harbour 21 possession or transfer of a machine gun; conspiracy to possess or transfer a machine gun; felon in possession of a firearm
Earl Austin IV Benton Harbour 21 Distribution of methamphetamine; conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine; possession or transfer of a machine gun; conspiracy to possess or transfer a machine gun
Quincy Bowman Benton Harbour 25 Conspiracy to possess or transfer a machine gun
Omarion Branch Benton Harbour 19 Felon in possession of a firearm
Torez Burnett Benton Harbour 20 Conspiracy to possess or transfer a machine gun
Nicholas Hello Grand Rapids 32 Felon in possession of a firearm
Demetrius Seuell Benton Harbour 22 Possession or transfer of a machine gun and conspiracy to possess or transfer a machine gun
Timothy Thomas Benton Harbour 25 Felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition
Armando Villanueva Grand Rapids 22 Conspiracy to possess or transfer a machine gun
Eric Williams Grand Rapids 23 Conspiracy to possess or transfer a machine gun

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