DEA Joint Investigation Halts Huge Marijuana Ring
Detroit, MI- On February 23, 2004, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan Jeffrey C. Collins, United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge John Gilbride, Captain Annemarie H. Gibson of the Michigan State Police and Macomb County Sheriff Mark A. Hackel announced that on February 19, 2004, twenty individuals were indicted by a federal grand jury in Detroit, Michigan on charges of conspiring to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana, and conspiring to obstruct a criminal investigation by bribery. In addition to the criminal violations the United States is also seeking forfeiture against multiple properties and a vehicle in accordance with criminal drug forfeiture provisions.
Those individuals indicted by the federal grand jury in Detroit include:
The indictment alleges that from 1991, until the date of the indictment, the above defendants engaged in a conspiracy involving numerous locations, in which 40 tons of marijuana were transported to the Detroit area for distribution. U.S. Attorney Collins called the case the single largest drug conspiracy indictment in Eastern Michigan history.
DEA SAC Gilbride stated that this investigation demonstrates the commitment of the Drug Enforcement Administration to work with our state and local law enforcement counterparts in dismantling drug trafficking organizations in Southeast Michigan. Gilbride said, “halting the transportation and distribution of drugs in our community requires not only prosecuting the individuals but also seizing their assets.”
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.