KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities say they raided a home in Kalamazoo, leading to drug charges against three people, after a multiagency task force got tips that dealers were moving into the city from Detroit.
The Kalamazoo Valley Enforcement Team says that over the last month, it has been getting tips about “gang members” from Detroit setting up shop in Kalamazoo to sell heroin.
So on Thursday, officers executed a search warrant at home in the 200 block of E. North Street. They say they found a “distribution amount” of heroin, packaged heroin for sale, packaging materials, marijuana, a large amount of money believed to be drug proceeds and ammunition.
Two people were arrested, KVET said:
- A 25-year-old Kalamazoo man who faces a charge of delivery and manufacturing heroin
- A 27-year-old Detroit man who faces charge of delivery and manufacturing heroin; felon in possession of ammunition; and operating and maintaining a drug house.
A 32-year-old Detroit man also faces a charge of operating and maintaining a drug house, but he was not arrested.
Two other people from Detroit who were at the house were released and told to go back to Detroit.
KVET says that it has increased focus on stopping heroin distribution as the county deals with a spike in heroin-related overdoses. Kalamazoo County is not alone — heroin ODs are increasing nationwide. But KVET noted that Kalamazoo “has often been a target for narcotics traffickers” because it’s between Detroit and Chicago.
Anyone with a tip about illegal drugs or firearms is asked to call KVET at 269.337.8880 or Silent Observer at 269.343.2100.
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