The Lansing post of the Drug Enforcement Administration recently arrested 16 Michiganders on federal drug-related charges. Each individual is accused of trafficking, among other things. If convicted, they are facing years in prison and hefty fines.
According to the DEA, 150 law enforcement officers from various state and federal agencies investigated this case. When arrests were made on Aug. 4, with 15 search warrants in hand, authorities searched several properties and claim to have found bulk quantities of heroin, methamphetamine, fentanyl and cash. Officers say they seized 20 firearms as well.
The names and ages of the accused are unknown. Authorities say they were all arrested around the Lansing area. While all 16 are facing charges for trafficking, eight are charged with conspiring to distribute cocaine, heroin and fentanyl, seven are charged with conspiring to distribute fentanyl and methamphetamine, one is charged with possession with intent to distribute. All of the accused have already made their initial appearances in court.
What these individuals are going through is not uncommon in Michigan. Every year, numerous people find themselves facing federal drug trafficking and related charges. Fighting such charges can prove difficult, but it is up to the prosecuting attorney to prove guilt, not for the accused to prove innocence. With the assistance of legal counsel, those facing federal drug trafficking charges can take the steps necessary to protect themselves as they seek the best outcomes possible.