JUNE 19 (GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.) - U.S. Attorney Patrick A. Miles, Jr., announced that five men have been convicted in connection what is believed to be the largest seizure of crystal methamphetamine (or “ice”) in the state of Michigan.
In August of 2012, more than 20 pounds of pure crystal meth were seized from a vehicle and pole barn in Van Buren County. The meth had a wholesale value of nearly $1/2 million, and is believed to be the largest seizure of crystal meth ever, by law enforcement in Michigan.
Five men were indicted for conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute the seized methamphetamine. Four of those men, Alejandro Garcia, age 45, of Grand Junction, MI; Thomas Streich, age 59, of Lawton, MI; and Jon Jeannin, Jr., age 33, and Brent Kellerman, age 25, both of the Kansas City, MO area, pled guilty to the conspiracy charge before trial. On June 18, 2013, a federal jury in Grand Rapids found Jose Sierra-Villegas, age 39, of Kansas City, MO, guilty of the conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute charges, following a five day trial before the Hon. Robert J. Jonker.
Alejandro Garcia was recently sentenced to 108 months in prison for his role in the conspiracy. The other defendants remain in custody awaiting sentencing of up to life in prison.