Marijuana En Route from Arizona Intercepted by Police

By: Sherene Tagharobi Email
By: Sherene Tagharobi Email

Avalon Street in Southwest Lansing, the destination for 16 pounds of marijuana from thousands of miles away.

"This marijuana was coming from the state of Arizona to Lansing, and what happened was we continued the delivery of marijuana as a police facilitated delivery," said Inspector Gene Adamczyk of Michigan State Police.

Tri-County Metro Narcotics Squad investigators seized the marijuana from a home Thursday evening, arresting three men and a woman. The suspects were charged with felony counts, the men, two counts, all of them punishable by up to seven years in prison. Three children were there, too. They're staying with relatives until the department of human services reviews the case.

Between Michigan State Police, Ingham, Clinton and Eaton counties, East Lansing and Lansing Police -- the metro squad had 13 members. Now it's down to 12 after Eaton County had to pull its member out because of budget cuts.

"Fewer officers mean fewer resources, mean slower response times and we can't get to these investigations," said Adamczyk.

Adamczyk says Lansing is a destination for drugs from the Detroit area and from out of state.

"Unfortunately crime does not stop. As a matter of fact last week in Delta Township we did another controlled delivery of a 20 pound package of marijuana," he said.

Ingham County has three deputies in the squad -- and hopes to keep it that way.

"If you combat drug violations and you arrest those dealing drugs in the area you're going to lower crime because crime and drugs go hand in hand," said Major Joel Maatman.

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