As many people might expect, drug crimes are taken very seriously in Michigan. Law enforcement agencies devote a fair amount of their time and energy to drug crimes. This was demonstrated by a day earlier this month that saw three drug busts go down on the same day at various points around the city.
The busts, which took place as officers from the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety SWAT Team and the Kalamazoo Valley Enforcement Team executed three search warrants, resulted in the recovery of about $67,000 worth of crack cocaine, powder cocaine, heroin and marijuana.
One of the warrants resulted in the arrest of a 38-year-old man on charges of intent to deliver crack and powder cocaine. At another location in Kalamazoo, a different 38-year-old man was charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession with intent to deliver heroin and weapons offenses.
Officers at that location also encountered an unlicensed, aggressive pit bull when they arrived to execute the warrant. In self-defense, one of the officers shot the dog, which then retreated into the basement of the residence. It was later collected by animal control officers.
People in Michigan who are facing drug charges often cannot defend themselves against the charges on their own. The advice of an experienced drug crimes attorney can be an invaluable resource to help with the defense of someone who faces serious charges. An attorney may be able to question the circumstances of an arrest or the methods by which evidence is obtained.
Source: WOOD-TV, "$67K drugs seized in Kalamazoo busts," Feb. 3, 2012