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Western Michigan Drug Bust in the News

After watching a few hundred television shows, one starts to think that most of the drug trafficking happens in New York City, Los Angeles and maybe Miami. People think that the crowded urban areas attract drugs like Michigan mosquitoes to sweaty skin.

So, then, when you start to think about the state of Michigan itself, of course everyone thinks that drugs are a problem they would find in Detroit, or maybe Ann Arbor or Lansing since two of the largest universities are over there.

But the west side of Michigan is having a real problem with drugs also, perhaps because it’s over towards Chicago. Still, the drugs that are confiscated are usually in smaller amounts, a few pounds there, maybe a hundred pounds over here.

And so a recent bust that led law enforcement officials to 12,000 pounds of marijuana was quite a big deal. The DEA estimates that it was wholesale priced at $7 million and would have brought in $12 million on the street. “This is the kind of hit you only see on the border, or destination cities – not here,” said Yasenchak, the DEA resident in charge.

It was found in the small town of Wyoming, on Linden Avenue. All packaged and ready to sell in 20 pound parcels, it showed up in a semi truck. Four men were jailed and charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana. There was such an enormous amount that officials believe that it wasn’t intended only for West Michigan, but also for drug dealers in other locations. Good to know that the locals weren’t looking to smoke all of it, anyway.

But has West Michigan been a regular hub before and it just wasn’t realized? Or, was this part of a new plan to make this area the new hub? Getting chased out of Chicago has perhaps made them look for someplace a little more rural.

And by now, it has no doubt all been destroyed.

Federal agents had been tipped off by someone to watch for a freight container on a truck. DEA agents called the Metropolitan Enforcement Team, Kent County Narcotics Enforcement Team, Grand Rapids police's Vice Unit and Wyoming police. After a stakeout, police saw the truck arrive and moved in on them.

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