News Release
Date: February 26, 2009
Contact: Rich Isaacson
Number: (313) 234-4310

Two Michigan Men Arrested in Large Marijuana Conspiracy
-1,400 pounds of marijuana seized in joint investigation by DEA and FANG

FEB 26 -- (Flint, Michigan) - Acting United States Attorney Terrence G. Berg announced the filing of a criminal complaint charging a former Flint police officer and a twenty-nine year old Flint resident with conspiring to unlawfully possess with intent to distribute marijuana. Named in the complaint were AKIL JUMA YOUNG, age 36, of Davisburg; and JOHNNY EARL-MILO TAYLOR, II, age 29, of Flint.

Mr. Berg was joined in the announcement by U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Robert L. Corso, and Flint Area Narcotics Group (FANG) Commander Mitch Krugielki.

The supporting affidavit alleges that on February 25, 2009, agents of the DEA and officers from FANG ended a lengthy narcotics investigation with the execution of two search warrants in Genesee and Oakland counties. Approximately 1,400 pounds of marijuana and several firearms were seized. The complaint also alleges that DEA seized and forfeited $250,000 believed to be abandoned by Young in January 2007.

Acting U.S. Attorney Terrence Berg said, “Taking large quantities of marijuana off the streets is the result of a lot of hard work and coordinated efforts by state and federal agencies.”

Special Agent in Charge Robert L. Corso stated: “This investigation and the arrests of Young and Taylor, effectively eliminated the flow of more than one million dollars worth of marijuana from reaching the streets of Flint and surrounding communities. This successful investigation should send a clear message to drug dealers in mid Michigan that the DEA and our state and local partners are working closely together to halt the trafficking of all illegal drugs in the region.”

Commander Mitch Krugielki, indicated that “success of this investigation was the direct result of the combined efforts of all the different agencies and municipalities that participate as members of FANG. This is the largest seizure of processed marijuana during the last five years, in Genesee County by members of the FANG task force.”

A conviction of this offense carries a statutory minimum penalty of 5 years and up to 40 years in prison, or a $2 million fine, or both.

Both defendants appeared before a United States Magistrate Judge Michael Hluchaniuk today and were detained pending further hearings scheduled for February 27, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. in Flint.

A complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. Trial cannot be held on felony charges in a complaint. When the investigation is completed, a determination will be made concerning possible felony indictments.

The case is being investigated by agents of the DEA and FANG, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Craig Wininger.