Major Drug Bust in Lansing Area

By: John Tramontana Email
By: John Tramontana Email

"There's no doubt we've made the Lansing community safer by putting these people in jail," said Lansing Police Chief Mark Alley.

Twenty-seven to be exact, some facing life in prison. The Lansing Police, the Justice Department's bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, along with others helped dismantle the Ahh Dee Ahh crime organization.

It's been linked to drug related crimes in three states.

"It doesn't happen very often," Alley said. "Sometimes you can pick off a few but to dismantle an entire organization from top to bottom is something that doesn't happen that often and there's a lot that goes into it."

The investigation began three years ago with a drug bust at the Econo Lin South Lansing. Lansing Police found cocaine and eventually tied the bust to Ahh Dee Ahh. The crime ring has been tied to firearms, and two murders including a July 2005 shooting at the South Town bar in Lansing.

Authorities believe this is one of the largest busts in Lansing history with Ahh Dee Ahh responsible for 10,000 pounds of marijuana, 10 kilos of heroin and 1,000 kilos of cocaine -- a street value estimated at more than $30 million. The crimes remain under investigation as authorities will now target Ahh Dee Ahh associates.

"I'm confident it's been dismantled and I'm not confident at all that some of the associates will bring it to the level that it was when we took it down," said U.S. Attorney Brian Lennon.

So far 18 members have been sentenced to an average of nine years, with two of the group's leaders being sentenced next week in Grand Rapids.

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