KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) - Two men have been sentenced to federal prison for trafficking heroin in the Kalamazoo area.
On April 25, Willie Hopkins was sentenced to 200 months, followed by 48 months of supervised release, as well as a $2,500 fine.
On March 26, Michael Thrash was sentenced to 18 months, followed by 48 months of supervised release.
The investigation began June 20, 2012 when Kalamazoo Valley Enforcement Team (KVET) Officer Timothy Millard worked undercover and purchased heroin from Thrash, as supplied by Hopkins.
Officer Millard was able to purchase heroin several more times from Thrash who was supplied by Hopkins either directly or indirectly for each of the deliveries, according to a news release. These undercover drug purchases totaled more than 100 grams of heroin, police said.
On Aug. 14, 2012, KVET executed several search warrants at several locations in the Kalamazoo area used by Hopkins and Thrash, and found an additional 30 grams of heroin hidden in a freezer. Hopkins admitted possessing the heroin with the intent of distributing it, authorities said.
Hopkins and Thrash were arrested without bond.
In November 2012, they pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin.
The US Drug Enforcement Administration assisted in the investigation.
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