Last week, four people pleaded guilty in Kentucky in connection with a heroin trafficking ring; two of the individuals include two men from Michigan. In all, seven people were arrested by Rowan County sheriff’s deputies in October of 2013. Now, four have accepted plea agreements.
The two men from Michigan who pleaded guilty are 19-year-old Levaries (Mike) D. McCain of Farm Hills, and 20-year-old Dewan (Dre) Deante Goode of Detroit. Goode is alleged to be the leader of the heroin trafficking ring, and is charged with five counts of trafficking a controlled substance and engaging in organized crime. Goode was the target of an undercover drug buy in Ashland, Kentucky when he was arrested.
McCain is charged with engaging in organized crime, possession of drug paraphernalia, and two counts of trafficking a controlled substance. His plea agreement leaves him facing a prison term of 11 years and an undisclosed amount of restitution. Goode agreed to a prison term of 15 years in his plea agreement.
Three individuals are also alleged to be involved in the heroin trafficking ring and are still being pursued by authorities; two of those individuals are also from Michigan, Kevin Perino Foy Jr. of Detroit, and Christopher Dixon of East Pointe.
Drug trafficking is extremely serious, and leaves those convicted facing life-changing consequences. Even though McCain and Goode accepted the prosecutor’s plea deal, 11 and 15 years in prison is a substantial loss in terms of freedom, particularly for young men their ages.
In the state of Michigan, those who are found in possession of a Schedule I substance such as heroin and who are determined to have had the intent to distribute or sell heroin will face severe criminal penalties if convicted. The punishment an individual will face depends largely on factors which include criminal history, amount of drug involved, and where the alleged crime occurred (such as within close proximity of a school, park, or church). Those found in possession of less than 50 grams of heroin and who are convicted of possession with intent may face up to 20 years in prison along with fines of up to $25,000. When 1,000 grams or more of heroin is involved, a defendant may face life in prison.
If you have been arrested for trafficking heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines, or any illegal narcotic substance do not waste time before contacting an experienced and aggressive Michigan drug crime defense lawyer. Your future and freedom are on the line; take action immediately.