An influx of narcotics into the area has led to three drug busts in the last three weeks by the Bay Area Narcotics Enforcement Team.
Most recently, four suspects were arrested Monday afternoon on numerous drug charges in Mount Pleasant.
Cheryl Louise Haggart, 53 of Mount Pleasant, was charged with seven felony counts after police said they seized various narcotics from an area residence. Amy Marie Simons, 26 of Mount Pleasant, was charged with four felony counts.
Detroit resident David Washington Wyche, 40, has been charged with 10 felony counts and one high court misdemeanor. Kimberly Louise Wyche, 33 of Detroit, was charged with a high court misdemeanor.
Charges for the suspects included the delivery of illegal drugs and maintaining a drug house. Additionally, Haggart was charged with felony firearm possession.
“It puts a little concern in the community as to what is out there and what’s available” said Lt. Jeff Anthony, BAYANET section commander. “The two differences that are significant is that you have the large college and you have the casino. They were looking to target those areas as well as anybody that has money and has a need or a desire to buy drugs and narcotics.”
BAYANET commenced the investigation March 6 and concluded it Monday with the arrest of the four individuals. The exact locations of the residences were not released.
There was also an arrest earlier in March in which Comstock Park resident Dwane Jones, 27, allegedly sold heroin to an undercover officer. The illegal transaction then led to a high-speed vehicle chase in which Jones was eventually stopped in Mecosta County, after initially fleeing from Mount Pleasant.
BAYANET charged 26-year-old Detroit resident Marcos Martinez II on March 10 with delivery of cocaine, intent to deliver cocaine near school property and possession of marijuana on school property.
“Our investigation focused on the heroin aspect of this distribution operation,” Anthony added. “This investigation is different in that there is a variety of drugs that are available here that you don’t generally see in every narcotics investigation.”
Three search warrants were granted at residences as well as one at a storage facility. Among the drugs found were 10 grams of heroin, 2.5 grams of cocaine, more than two pounds of marijuana and 102 morphine pills. A rifle and more than $7,100 in cash was also seized.
“We actually had close to 800 vicodin,” said Det. Lt. Amado Arceo, team leader of BAYANET. “A lot of this property will be sent to the lab for analysis for court purposes.”
BAYANET held a press conference Wednesday and displayed the seized materials.
“One of the things that we’re doing when we hold press conferences is to identify to the public some of the problems that are out there,” Anthony said. “And to seek input, seek information, seek tips from anyone that would be willing to give us information so that we can stop this before deaths occur.”
Anthony said there has been an influx of heroin throughout the state of Michigan, particularly in the BAYANET investigative area. This is the third significant heroin distributor that has been taken down by BAYANET officers within the last three weeks, he said.
For students, Anthony advised to watch out for friends and make sure they do not get involved. If they do, get them some help, he said.
“The eventual result is one of two things — death or arrest,” Anthony said. “Nobody goes through life without getting caught or having it catch up to them. We would much prefer to see somebody go through rehab as opposed to arresting them.”