West Michigan Drug Task Force Makes Largest Heroin
OCT 7 -- KALAMAZOO, Mich. - U.S. Attorney Charles R. Gross announced today that a joint investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Kalamazoo Valley Enforcement Team (KVET), the Western Michigan Enforcement Team (WMET) and the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department has resulted in federal drug trafficking arrests, and the largest amount of heroin ever seized by law enforcement units in the Kalamazoo, Michigan area. The arrests and seizures were the result of a federal criminal complaint and search warrants authorized by U.S. Magistrate Judge Ellen C. Carmody on September 17, 2008.
An affidavit in support of the complaint and search warrants alleged that Guillermo Samano-Padilla, of Covert, Michigan and Mexico, and Daniel Solis-Pulido, also of Covert, Michigan and Mexico, conspired with other persons and each other to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a kilogram or more of heroin as well as five kilograms or more of cocaine.
On August 18, 2008, investigators seized one half-kilogram of heroin along with a small amount of marijuana and crack cocaine. Additionally, on September 17, 2008, investigators seized approximately one and a half kilograms of cocaine, one half kilogram of heroin, three kilograms of marijuana, and over $23,000 in cash. Mr. Samano-Padillo and Mr. Solis-Pulido were arrested on the federal complaint.
Mr. Samano-Padillo and Mr. Solis-Pulido have each waived his respective bond hearing and will remain in custody pending the outcome of the federal proceedings. The drug charges alleged in the complaint are punishable by a mandatory minimum of ten years in prison and a maximum of life in prison.
The allegations in the complaint, just like allegations in an indictment, are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.
U.S. Attorney Charles R. Gross commended the joint investigative efforts of the DEA, KVET, WMET and the VanBuren County Sheriff’s Office. This case is being prosecuted on behalf of the United States by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Lennon.