Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard stands next to a table of evidence seized in a recent drug bust. Police recovered over $500,000 worth of drugs during the raid.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard stands next to a table of evidence seized in a recent drug bust. Police recovered over $500,000 worth of drugs during the raid.

Photo by Donna Agusti


Bust takes down five in narcotics ring in Oakland County

By: Kayla Dimick | C&G Newspapers | Published March 26, 2019

 All five men arrested during the bust were released on bond.

All five men arrested during the bust were released on bond.

Photo by Donna Agusti

 Marijuana, cocaine, a gun and fentanyl were all confiscated during the raid.

Marijuana, cocaine, a gun and fentanyl were all confiscated during the raid.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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OAKLAND COUNTY — Over $500,000 worth of narcotics was seized during a recent drug raid.

On March 21, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard hosted a press conference to announce that the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office’s Narcotics Enforcement Team had made the bust.

Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office, along with the Farmington Hills Police Department and the West Bloomfield Police Department, started the investigation in October.

Bouchard said police discovered an “early participant” in the ring and started surveillance. Police discovered that the organization was moving large quantities of heroin and cocaine.

Police executed four search warrants in Pontiac, Southfield and Eastpointe.

Police seized 1.5 kilograms of cocaine, 1,022 grams of a heroin and fentanyl mix — 37 grams of which was pure fentanyl — 600 grams of cutting agents, 20 pounds of marijuana, digital scales, grinders, packaging material, a .40-caliber handgun and $67,000.

Bouchard was joined in the announcement by Farmington Hills Assistant Chief Dan Rodriguez, Farmington Hills Lt. Paul Nicholas, Franklin Police Chief Daniel Roberts and DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Kent Kleinschmidt.

Bouchard thanked the NET for its work battling the ongoing opioid crisis.

“I’ve said multiple times that we’re not going to arrest our way out of the opioid crisis. We have to have treatment, diversion, mental health, substance abuse counseling, education, community activism,” Bouchard said. “All of that is part of it, but there has to be a very real component of punishment for those that are profiting off of the death and misery of other people.”

The fentanyl seized during the raid, Bouchard said, is enough to kill an estimated 18,500 people.

“When you look at that, imagine husbands, wives, sons and daughters, and all the funerals that potentially represents,” Bouchard said.

Five houses in Southfield, Pontiac and Eastpointe were identified as “stash” houses, Bouchard said.

Pontiac resident George Booth, 40; Pontiac resident Kejuanta Deshaun Pickett, 33;  Novi resident Clide Charles-Lamont Mathis, 44; Eastpointe resident Eric Dwayne Mills, 44; and Pontiac resident Rashad Isom Alston, 34, were arrested in connection with the drug ring, Bouchard said.

Booth, Pickett, Mathis and Mills were all arraigned March 15 in the 50th District Court before Judge Michael C. Martinez, and each man’s bond was set at $100,000 cash/surety or 10 percent.

Booth is charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit delivery/manufacture of cocaine, heroin or another narcotic, 1,000 or more grams; one count of delivery/manufacture of cocaine, heroin or another narcotic, 1,000 or more grams; and two counts of delivery/manufacture of cocaine, heroin or another narcotic, 450 to 999 grams.

Pickett is charged with one count of delivery/manufacture of cocaine, heroin or another narcotic less than 50 grams.

Mathis and Mills are both charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit delivery/manufacture of cocaine, heroin or another narcotic, 1,000 or more grams; one count of delivery/manufacture of cocaine, heroin or another narcotic, 450 to 999 grams; and one count of controlled substance — maintaining a drug house.

Alston was arraigned March 20 in the 50th District Court before Martinez, and his bond was set at $50,000 cash/surety or 10 percent. He is charged with two counts of delivery/manufacture of cocaine, heroin or another narcotic, 50 to 449 grams.

At press time, attorneys for Booth, Pickett, Mathis, Mills and Alston were not on file with the 50th District Court.

Bouchard said all five men posted bond and were released.

“The paperwork is not even dry and they’re already back out on the street, and that’s the frustration of the men and women who put their life on the line to try to end this kind of death and destruction on our community,” Bouchard said. “When you’re talking about an organization like this, to come up with 10 percent is nothing.”

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