19 Arrested in Joint Lansing Police, ATF Bust

By: News 10
By: News 10

"I believe these 19 individuals are responsible for the majority of the violent crimes that have occurred in our city in the past two years," Police Chief Teresa Szymanski said.

Nineteen people, including seven Lansing residents, are behind bars facing federal drug and firearm charges.

Most were arrested following a joint crackdown on drug activity and violent crime last Thursday in northwest Lansing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Lansing Police Department. The two agencies had been working on the investigation for two years.

"I believe these 19 individuals are responsible for the majority of the violent crimes that have occurred in our city in the past two years," Police Chief Teresa Szymanski said.

Szymanski says the 19 arrested were working together as "a crew" dabbling in all kinds of drug and gun activity.

"Shooting at things, at people, delivering narcotics, using guns as a felon," she explained.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Merza Mizori, 23, Gregory Dalton, 23, DeShun Dalton, 21, and Serawan Mizori, 22, face multiple drug charges, including possessing and conspiring to distribute crack cocaine and marijuana and actually possessing and distributing or conspiring to deliver heroin.

Jerome Houston, 26, faces charges for possessing firearms as a convicted felon, while Keith Houston, 22, is charged with receiving a firearm while under indictment for a felony drug offense.

Brandon Jones, 26, has been charged with possessing firearms as a convicted felon, including an SKS rifle.

And finally, Demanual Porter, 24, and Kevin Henry, 43, are facing drug dealing charges. Names of the others arrested have not been released yet.

"That's going to make our streets safer," Mayor Virg Bernero said. "These were people who were involved in all sorts of bad things."

The 19 people arrested face a rage of punishments if convicted, some up to 20 years in prison.

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  • by V Location: GL on Jan 21, 2013 at 08:49 AM
    TO little_One: What? There wasn't a thing you typed that made any sense. Apparently you are upset because we don't have the facts? Seeing how you are an expert in the American Justice system, I am sure you're aware that law enforcement doesn't advertise all of the facts and evidence during an open investigation. These people were investigated by two agencies for over two years. There's probably a good chance they are guilty of at least some of what they were investigated for. And yes, we are just a little bit safer these this criminals off the streets.
  • by little_one Location: lansing on Jan 19, 2013 at 11:53 PM
    well some of you peaple don't know these guys you really don't know whats going on with them an what if it was you're fam going through this. and the crime going down since they've been in there that's not even true at all. peaple are still doing bad stuff. so get a clue peaple so before you comment on something get you're facts straight.
  • by REN Location: Lansing on Jan 17, 2013 at 06:35 AM
    Good job arresting them. Now make the charges stick, and give them long sentences so they can receive all the loving they deserve.
  • by Name Location: lansing on Jan 16, 2013 at 05:49 PM
    why they got my fam on here like that. if they was going to put pictures up they should have put up pictures of everybody that was arrested. smh
  • by V Location: Grand Ledge on Jan 16, 2013 at 11:53 AM
    This is the sort of thing that needs to be happening to help control the violent crimes that are committed with guns. While the recent "mass shootings" were not done by people like this, a vast major of the over 11,000 murders per year with a firearm nationwide are committed by groups just like this. Step two to the equation is for our "justice system" to actually put them away for 20 years, and not just 1-2 years followed by a little probation. This goes to show that if we put as much time into getting criminals off the streets, we will be far more effective at stopping "gun violence" than we will with a the war on guns.
  • by pirwin430@gmail.com Location: michigan on Jan 15, 2013 at 05:03 PM
    Hope they get more then a slap on the hand and spend many year in prison.....
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