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ATF AND LANSING POLICE DEPARTMENT ARREST SEVEN ON FEDERAL DRUG AND FIREARM CHARGES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 15, 2013

           GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – Federal and State authorities arrested seven residents of Northwest Lansing on various federal drug and firearm charges following the return of multiple federal indictments, U.S. Attorney Patrick A. Miles, Jr., Acting Special Agent in Charge Gilbert Salinas, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and Chief Teresa Szymanski, Lansing Police Department (LPD), announced today. The ATF and LPD are jointly targeting drug activity and violent crime in Northwest Lansing.

           Merza Mizori, 23, Gregory Dalton, 23, DeShun Dalton, 21, and Serwan Mizori, 22, (who was already in custody on unrelated state charges), jointly face multiple drug charges, including conspiring to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine and marijuana and actually distributing or possessing with intent to distribute those drugs as well as heroin. They face a minimum of ten years and up to life in prison on the conspiracy charge, up to 20 years in prison on the cocaine and heroin charges and up to five years in prison on the marijuana charges.

           In a separate indictment, Jerome Houston, 26, faces charges for possessing firearms as a convicted felon, while Keith Houston, 22, stands charged with receiving a firearm while under indictment for a felony drug offense. Each charge is punishable by up to ten years in prison.

           In another unrelated indictment, Brandon Jones, 26, (also already in custody on unrelated state charges) has been charged with possessing firearms, including an SKS rifle, as a convicted felon. That charge is punishable by up to ten years in prison.

           Finally, Demanual Porter, 24, and Kevin Henry, 43, separately face charges for distributing crack cocaine. Each charge is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

           The charges in a federal indictment or state felony information are merely accusations, and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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