Three Michigan men were arrested on New Year’s eve in Huntington, W. Virginia following what is being called a “major” heroin bust.
On Tuesday December 31, Huntington police were alerted by several people regarding possible drug activity at an apartment complex. Police then executed a search warrant and upon investigating the apartment found scales, packaging materials, nearly $12,000 in cash, and heroin valued at approximately $80,000, according to a news report at News Channel 3.
The police department’s Special Emphasis Unit had been conducting an extensive drug investigation, and were assisted by West Virginia State Police. Suspicious activity around the apartment complex had been noticed by other residents, as well as city workers and shift patrol officers.
Those arrested inside the apartment include Denzell LaMar Bunkley of Detroit, LaMarr Shawn Harris of Brownstown, and Steven Edward Lewis of Detroit. All three of the Michigan men were charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin. Authorities were also on the lookout for a fourth man involved in the case, Brandon Keaton of Huntington.
In the state of Michigan, heroin possession with intent to deliver or distribute is a very serious charge. Classified as a Schedule 1 illegal narcotic, individuals who are convicted of this criminal offense face extremely harsh punishment. Schedule 1 drugs are those that serve no medical purpose and are considered highly addictive. The penalties for possessing heroin are serious enough, and include four or more years in jail along with fines of $25,000 or more. However, when an individual is convicted of heroin possession with intent to deliver, he or she will face substantial prison time and fines depending on the amount of heroin involved. When more than 1 kg is involved, penalties include up to life in prison and fines of as much as $1 million dollars.
Whether you are under investigation or have been charged with an offense involving heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, or any narcotic drug, it is vital to consult with an aggressive Michigan drug crime defense attorney immediately. Your freedom and future are at risk; a skilled defense lawyer will work to limit the damage and obtain positive results.