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Michigan Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Meth Trafficking Charge in New Mexico

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Mexico
Charge Arises Out of DEA Seizure of 21.6 Pounds of Methamphetamine at Greyhound Bus Station

ALBUQUERQUE – Marcus Bernard Harris, 22, of Detroit, Mich., pled guilty today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to a methamphetamine trafficking charge under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Harris and his codefendants Lewayne Deray Jennings, 28, of Southfield, Mich., and Jerrell Leveine Whitman-Crutcher, II, 31, of Warren, Mich., were arrested on Dec. 28, 2016, and charged with methamphetamine trafficking offenses after the DEA and New Mexico State Police (NMSP) seized a total of 9.8 kilograms (21.6 pounds) of methamphetamine during an interdiction investigation at the Greyhound Bus Station. The methamphetamine was allegedly concealed in various bundles inside luggage.


Harris and his codefendants were subsequently indicted on Jan. 24, 2017, and charged with conspiracy and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute on Dec. 28, 2016, in Bernalillo County, N.M.


During today’s proceedings, Harris pled guilty to a felony information charging him with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and admitted transporting methamphetamine to Albuquerque on a Greyhound bus by concealing the methamphetamine in his luggage.


At sentencing, Harris faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. A sentencing hearing has yet to be scheduled.


Jennings and Whitman-Crutcher have entered pleas of not guilty to the charges against them. Criminal charges are merely accusations, and defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the DEA and the New Mexico State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorney David M. Walsh is prosecuting the case.

Updated June 1, 2017

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