News Release
February 26, 2010
Contact: Rich Isaacson
Number: (313) 234-4310

Ex-Flint Police Officer Sentenced for Conspiracy to
Distribute Marijuana and Possession of a Firearm

1,000 lbs of marijuana seized from Akil Young's residence;
more than $2 million seized in multi-state marijuana conspiracy

FEB 26 - United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today that a former Flint, Michigan police officer was sentenced today to 90 months imprisonment for conspiring to distribute 1000 kilograms or more of marijuana and for possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

McQuade was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Detroit Field Division, Robert L. Corso.

Akil Young, age 36, of Davisburg, Michigan was sentenced by United States District Judge Sean F. Cox. In addition to the 90 months imprisonment, Judge Cox ordered Young to pay a fine of $100,000.

Young, who left the Flint Police Department in 2001, pleaded guilty on October 23, 2009. According to court records, Young had been involved in a conspiracy to distribute marijuana since 2005. Young and others traveled to Arizona to purchase large quantities of marijuana and arrange for it to be transported to Michigan for further distribution. In February 2009, a federal search warrant was executed at Young's Davisburg residence and over 1,000 pounds of marijuana and a .22 caliber handgun were seized. DEA agents also seized over two-million dollars in cash and multiple vehicles from various locations in Michigan, Missouri and Arizona, which have now been forfeited.

Guilty pleas have been accepted for four of the additional seven co-conspirators indicted in this case.

This case was investigated by the DEA, the Flint Area Narcotics Group, and the Jackson Narcotics Enforcement Team. The case and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Craig Wininger and Philip A. Ross.