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September 04, 2017  
Contact: Public Information Officer
Number: (313) 234-4310

DEA Seizes over 30 Kilos of Heroin and Cocaine and $1Million in West Michigan Investigation
18 defendants face federal drug trafficking charges
Items seized as a result of the multi-agency federal, state and local law enforcement operation.
Items seized as a result of the multi-agency federal, state and local law enforcement operation.

(GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.) – Acting U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge announced that his office sought, and U.S. Magistrate Judge Phillip J. Green issued last Friday and earlier today, arrest warrants for 18 separate defendants charged by criminal complaint with conspiring to distribute heroin and cocaine in the areas of Grand Rapids and Benton Harbor, Michigan. The affidavit filed in support of the complaint alleges that the drugs were trafficked into West Michigan by semi-tractor trailer from California.

During the arrests of the defendants and execution of associated searches, federal, state and local investigators seized over 30 kilograms of heroin and cocaine, multiple pounds of marijuana, two kilogram presses, approximately $1million, a bullet-proof vest, three handguns and an assault rifle with an extended magazine. One defendant suffered a gunshot wound in the course of the execution of the arrests and searches. He will appear for proceedings as his condition allows.

The charges are the result of a multi-agency federal, state and local law enforcement investigation into the conspiracy. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Vice Unit of the Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD), Kent County Sheriff’s Department (KCSD), Wyoming Police Department, Michigan State Police (MSP), Kent Area Narcotics Enforcement Team (KANET), Metropolitan Enforcement Team (MET), U.S. Secret Service (USSS), Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Kalamazoo Valley Enforcement Team (KVET),  Albion P.D., Calhoun County Sheriff Department, and South West Enforcement  Team (SWET) have all supported the investigation. 

Demetrius Gaines      Retisha Pegram Brandon Parks Etrevion Murphy
Demetrius Gaines Retisha Pegram Brandon Parks Etrevion Murphy
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of any of the individuals is encouraged to call the DEA Grand Rapids Office at 616-458-0616.

The complaint charges the following individuals:

Name

Age

Residence

Yusef Lateef Phillips,  aka “Sef”

40

Grand Rapids, MI

Ray Anthony Lee, aka “Rudy Ray”

46

Grand Rapids, MI

Demetrius Dewayne Gaines

41

Wyoming, MI

Cazembie Sokoni Baskin, aka “Doe-Boy”

44

Grand Rapids, MI

Jesse Martell Phillips

34

Previously in custody

Retisha Mae Pegram, aka “Blackie”

36

Grand Rapids, MI

Phillip Nelson

39

Chicago, IL

Brandon Kenyen Parks

27

Grand Rapids, MI

Michael Yadell Nelson

37

Grand Rapids, MI

Michael Gould

36

Grandville, MI

Kayode Moyo-Jomoke Marshall

42

Grand Rapids, MI

Solon Tatum

40

Grand Rapids, MI

Tony Kirkland

55

Kentwood, MI

Salvador Cervantes

34

Los Angeles, CA

Toranita Truvae Meridy

39

Benton Harbor, MI

Etrevion Jaquoi Muphy

21

Benton Harbor, MI

Jacob Weisman

32

Pompano Beach, FL

Miguel Raya

33

South Gate, CA

The DEA requests the public’s assistance in locating the following defendants charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances: Demetrius Gaines, Retisha Pegram, Brandon Parks, and Etrevion Murphy. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of any of the individuals is encouraged to call the DEA Grand Rapids Office at 616-458-0616.


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