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8 people arrested for drug crimes in Kalamazoo

Michigan residents may have heard about the recent arrests made in relation to a drug bust in the counties of Kalamazoo and Van Buren. There were eight individuals arrested and each is being charged with drug crimes that could carry a sentence of 10 years to life in prison and a large fine up to $10 million, in addition to five years of supervised release. These charges include conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 50 or more grams of methamphetamine.

Two of the eight defendants are suspected of being the leaders of the drug ring and among the largest meth dealers in the area. An informant claims to have purchased more than two pounds of meth from the defendants over the course of the investigation. Another told authorities that he owed one of the defendants $2,000 and that the defendant took possession of his vehicle until the debt was paid.

In addition to these statements from police informants, authorities claim to have a variety of evidence against the defendants., including phone calls, the surveillance of suspected accomplices, and at least one package containing crystal meth. The mailed package, which was intercepted before reaching one of the suspected stash houses, was said to have contained nine pounds of methamphetamine. Authorities also suspect that the suppliers may be located in Arizona or Colorado.

There are a variety of drug crimes with which a defendant can be charged. Choosing to consult with an attorney soon after charges are filed can help defendants like these to begin building a strong defense against specific charges. A local attorney can help Michigan residents who have been charged with a criminal offense work towards achieving the most positive outcome possible.

Source:, "Dealers in drug ring moved pounds of meth at a time, charges allege", Emily Monacelli, Dec. 6, 2017