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Three Kalamazoo Drug Traffickers Sentenced for Distributing Fentanyl, Other Illegal Substances

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Michigan

          GRAND RAPIDS – U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan Mark Totten today announced that Terrance Moore, 36, was sentenced to 21 years and 8 months in prison for his part in a drug trafficking conspiracy. Moore is the last of three Kalamazoo-based drug traffickers in this case to be sentenced within the last week.

          “These Kalamazoo defendants trafficked illegal drugs, including fentanyl, which is driving the ongoing epidemic of drug poisoning deaths across the United States,” said U.S. Attorney Mark Totten.  “While we will never prosecute our way out of this epidemic, we will hold those who push these poisons accountable. These sentences should make clear to every dealer and would-be dealer that making fast cash off this lethal enterprise does not pay.”

          Terrance Moore, Darnell Moore, 30, and Ellis Hull, 31, worked together to sell methamphetamine, fentanyl, and hydrocodone in the Kalamazoo area between January 2023 and March 2023.

          When Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Officers conducted a search of Terrance Moore’s apartment, which was the center of operations for the illicit drug business, they discovered approximately 330 grams of methamphetamine hidden inside a Pacman arcade game, 172 hydrocode pills, and two loaded firearms. Terrance Moore, the leader of the drug-trafficking operation, had 20 baggies of ready-to-sell methamphetamine and 14 baggies of ready-to-sell fentanyl in his pants pockets.

          Darnell Moore, Terrance Moore’s cousin and drug trafficking business partner, possessed about 27 grams of methamphetamine and over 4 grams of fentanyl, which he intended to sell. For his part of the drug conspiracy, Darnell Moore was sentenced to 19 and a half years in the Bureau of Prisons.

          Ellis Hull, whose job was to help deliver drugs to costumers and collect money, was sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment.

          “The Kalamazoo Valley Enforcement Team (KVET) is extremely pleased with these sentences,” said KVET Captain Michael Ferguson. “We will continue to focus our enforcement efforts on those who are selling deadly drugs and carrying illegal firearms to help keep our community safe.”  

          “Moore was the head of an organization responsible for distributing dangerous methamphetamine and fentanyl throughout west Michigan,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Orville O. Greene. “At the time of his arrest, Moore had enough fentanyl to cause an untold amount of suffering and death. This sentence should send a clear message, those who choose to profit from the suffering of others will be brought to justice.”

          This case was investigated by the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety and Drug Enforcement Administration.


Updated May 15, 2024

Drug Trafficking