GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Federal authorities have issued charges against 18 people, most of them from southwest Michigan, after busting an interstate meth trafficking ring, they say.
Authorities say they executed 12 search warrants in Michigan and Arizona as part of their investigation and confiscated crystal meth sent through the mail.
Sixteen of the 18 suspects accused of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute are from Kalamazoo and Benton Harbor:
- Raymond Demetrius Stovall, 28, of Benton Harbor
- Richard Lee James Jr., 27, of Benton Harbor
- David Richard Uminn, 34, of Kalamazoo
- Andrew Peter Bagley, 29, of Kalamazoo
- Robert Bruce Armstrong, 64, of Kalamazoo
- Kandy Kay Kirby, 46, of Kalamazoo
- Eshawn Jamier Whiteside, 20, of Kalamazoo
- Aaron Earl Rimpson, 27, of Kalamazoo
- DeMichael Mishaun Horn, 19, of Benton Harbor
- Michael Dewayne Horn, 19, of Benton Harbor
- Scotty Deandre-Marcus Campbell, 26, of Benton Harbor (at large)
- Ronald Eugene Goodloe Jr., 29, of Benton Harbor
- Daisy Laverne Dyer, 42, of Benton Harbor
- Michael John Marcon, 32, of Kalamazoo
- Ronnie Deval Smith, Jr., 24, of Kalamazoo
- Tremain Lamar Braxton, 30, of Benton Harbor
The other two suspects are Kentrell Terome Dunn, 32, of Phoenix and Richard Farmer Sr., 43, of Atlanta.
A 106-page criminal complaint (PDF) filed in federal court Wednesday says the investigation into the ring started in June of last year and that it involved undercover drug buys, phone taps and a partnership with the U.S. Postal Service to intercept the drugs upon their arrival in Michigan.
In the documents, an FBI agent identified Stovall as the leader of the trafficking operation, saying he worked with Dunn to get the drugs from Phoenix and then the other suspects to pick up shipments and sell the meth.
The complaint said James was Stovall’s top co-conspirator and alleges he sold meth to undercover officers. There were a total of nine undercover buys, the complaint says, yielding more than 2 pounds of meth.
In all, federal prosecutors say, the investigation turned up nearly 17 pounds of meth, as well as five guns.