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2 face charges for drug crimes in Michigan

Two people were arrested by law enforcement authorities following a seven-month investigation into a suspected drug ring. A 22-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman have been accused by Michigan police of drug crimes, including trafficking, as well as weapons offenses and other charges. So far, no court date has been formally announced. 

Reportedly, the man and woman are believed to have masterminded a drug ring that funneled heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine into the state. Over the course of its investigation, a task force specifically assigned to this case executed eight search warrants that identified some 15 people for distribution of drugs. The 22-year-old man was arrested earlier in 2017 but failed to make a court appointment, resulting in a warrant for his arrest. 

The woman was also arrested after police conducted a search of her home. The officers in question had a warrant for the search, which turned up what they believe to be large quantities of heroin as well as packing material to ship the substance. Both individuals now face charges of maintaining a drug house, possession with intent to deliver and several other, related charges. 

Accusations of drug crimes are notoriously difficult to prosecute because of the complexity of the investigations that typically precede formal charges. In this case, Michigan police will have to account for their actions leading up to and including the arrests, in order to prove they operated within the bounds of the law. If they are found to have deviated from those practices in any way, such as violating the rights of the accused individuals, charges could be reduced or even thrown out of court. 

Source: The Detroit News, "2 arrested for Detroit-to-Port Huron drug ring", Mark Hicks, Sept. 28, 2017

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