ORONOKO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - Authorities in Berrien County conducted two separate drug busts this week.
The Berrien County Sheriff's Department's Narcotics Unit, Berrien County Sheriff's Department's Road Patrol and Berrien Springs-Oronoko Township Police Department were part of the first investigation.
Police executed a search warrant at 6:10 p.m. Wednesday at 7491 S. M-139 in Oronoko Township, after citizens tipped off police about illegal narcotic activity there.
Police saw Larry Fredericks, 41, and Jill Evans, 45, inside the residence.
Police seized about $1,000 worth of marijuana, other evidence of illegal narcotic trafficking, a rifle that Fredericks is prohibited from possessing due to a prior felony conviction, $3,290 in cash, a 2003 GMC pickup truck, and a 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
Fredericks and Evans were taken to the Berrien County Jail. Fredericks faces charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver (second offense), maintaining a drug house (second offense) and felon in possession of a firearm. Evans faces charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver (second offense), maintaining a drug house (second offense) and valid warrant for contempt of court.
Then at 5:12 p.m. Thursday, the Berrien County Sheriff's Department's Narcotics Unit and Berrien County Sheriff's Department's Road Patrol executed a search warrant for illegal narcotics at 776 Pearl St. in Benton Harbor.
Officers seized crack cocaine and other miscellaneous narcotic related items, and arrested these people --
The four residents were arrested on these charges --
Craig Farmer, 56 -- possession of cocaine
Sharell Austin, 43 -- possession of cocaine (second offense)
Harold Farmer, 62 -- possession of cocaine (second offense)
Elbert Brown, 44 -- possession of cocaine
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Bethany Murk, 48, was arrested Thursday following a drug bust in Van Buren County.
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