HAZEL PARK — When police received calls that two men were selling heroin on the streets of Hazel Park, they responded and found two suspects matching the description, one with heroin in his possession, the other with marijuana.
Brian Williams, 26, of Troy, will be formally arraigned in Hazel Park 43rd District Court on Oct. 16, having paid the $850 bond to get out of police custody. He is looking at charges of marijuana possession and driving on a suspended license, both 93-day misdemeanors. Police said that in January, Williams was convicted of the same crimes.
The other suspect, Henry Flakes, 32, of Eastpointe, was arraigned by Magistrate James Paterson in Hazel Park 43rd District Court on Sept. 19, charged with heroin possession, a four-year felony. At press time, he was being held on $2,000 cash bond or surety, pending his pre-exam.
Police say Flakes has a lengthier criminal history, dating back to 1998 when he was convicted of controlled substance delivery and manufacture, specifically cocaine and heroin, less than 50 grams each. He was sentenced to three years.
In 2003, he was convicted on a weapons charge and served a year and eight months out of a two-year sentence. And in 2007, he was convicted once again on controlled substance delivery and manufacture, cocaine and heroin, less than 50 grams each — a 20-year sentence, for which he served five years.
This latest incident occurred in the area of East Elva and Merrill around 2:15 p.m Sept. 18. Police receive calls indicating a man and a woman were talking to random pedestrians, trying to sell heroin from their Chrysler 300.
It turns out the woman in question was Williams, who is transgender, has breast implants, and goes by the name Brianne. Police found the two suspects with their vehicle parked sideways at the intersection of East George and Russell, blocking the road, with the suspects still inside.
“Flakes was making some movements, as though he were attempting to hide or conceal something, which obviously raises concerns and the level of alertness for the officer, since you don’t know if it’s a weapon or drugs or whatever,” said Hazel Park Police Chief Martin Barner.
The responding officers could smell marijuana wafting from the car, and soon enough, the source was revealed to be a marijuana cigarette, which dropped to the ground after Williams, the driver, stepped out of the car, having failed to produce a valid driver’s license. In addition to the cigarette, police said a small amount of pot, wrapped up in cellophane, also fell to the ground. Williams also had $1,215 in cash on him.
As for Flakes, six half-gram packages of heroin were found in his pants leg. Barner said it’s unknown whether they actually sold any heroin, although he said it’s possible, given the amount of cash they had on them.
Whatever the case may be, the police take these matters very seriously.
“Any type of narcotics is dangerous, but I guess what concerns me most is these individuals would think they could roll up and down city streets and approach random individuals and solicit heroin sales,” Barner said. “I want to credit the individual or individuals that called and alerted us. Most of the time, these individuals that are attempting to sell narcotics don’t care who their customers are. They could be kids as well as adults, and that’s always a concern.”
That being said, “In Hazel Park, it’s uncommon for someone to be driving around in a vehicle soliciting heroin sales,” Barner said. “It’s not an everyday event.”
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