Four arrested following police, USPS drug investigation

By: Sara Kandel | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published May 13, 2013

Claude Davis
Freddie Ross

The Roseville Police Department teamed with the United States Postal Inspection Service on an investigation into a large-scale drug-trafficking ring that culminated in four arrests May 7-8.

Of the four Roseville and Eastpointe residents arrested, only two are being charged at this time. Both men face four felony charges.

Eastpointe residents Claude Richard Davis, 34, and Freddie Ross, 41, are charged with one count of possession of cocaine with intent to deliver more than 1,000 grams, which carries a possible life sentence; one count of conspiracy to possess cocaine more than 1,000 grams, also a possible life felony; one count of felon in possession of firearms, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years; and one count of felony firearms, which carries a maximum sentence of five years.

Both men are accused of acquiring large quantities of illegal narcotics via postal mail and selling it locally.

Police did not have enough evidence to charge the other two suspects involved at the time of the arrests and did not release their names, but did say more arrests are expected as a result of the investigation.

“The two other suspects arrested in the course of the raids were released but may be charged at a later time,” said Police Chief James Berlin. “The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.”

The police raids and subsequent arrests came after weeks of investigation that followed a tip alerting the USPS that a group of individuals was using the mail to transport large quantities of cocaine.

“We worked on this for about three to four weeks, and the postal investigations service were working on it even before that, collecting enough probable cause to execute the search warrants,” Berlin said.

The raids, which took place late May 7 and early May 8, netted thousands in cash, illegal narcotics, narcotic paraphernalia and a kilogram of cocaine, which has an estimated real value of approximately $35,000 and a street value of about $250,000, according to police.

Berlin said the cocaine was found at a Roseville address that Ross and Davis were using to move the drugs. He was unable to provide further detail into the investigation, as it remains an open case. Investigators are still working to determine where the cocaine originated.

“Our investigation is ongoing and I can’t comment on the details of it at this time,” Berlin said. “The less they know about how we are doing our job, the better.”

Police said Ross and Davis have a long history of run-ins with the law. When asked if the two were long-time drug dealers, Berlin replied, “That’s a fair statement.” Check the May 22 Eastsider or visit in the coming days for more information.

Following their arrest, the two men were arraigned in front of Judge Joseph Boedeker of the 39th District Court in Roseville. Bond for each was set at $250,000 cash or surety, no 10 percent. They are being held at Macomb County Jail pending bail.

A preliminary exam is scheduled for 8:15 a.m. May 22. Both men have requested court-appointed attorneys. According to court records, Fraser attorney Steven Freers was assigned to represent Davis. Freers could not immediately be reached. An attorney has not yet been assigned to represent Ross.