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1 US MI: Dial-For-Drugs Ring Busted in Detroit; 10 Are ChargedSat, 05 May 2007
Source:Detroit Free Press (MI) Author:Ashenfelter, David Area:Michigan Lines:51 Added:05/05/2007

Federal agents call it dialing for drugs.

And over the past few years, they said, the phone number they called eventually led them to the Detroit Thug Lordz, a ring that used cell phones and couriers to supply customers with cocaine and marijuana in northwest Detroit.

Advertisement The ring, which took drug orders over the phone, took a major hit Friday when agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrested several people believed to be members.

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2 US MI: Drug Dealer Gets 30 Years In Fentanyl CaseFri, 23 Feb 2007
Source:Detroit Free Press (MI) Author:Ashenfelter, David Area:Michigan Lines:49 Added:02/24/2007

A 37-year-old Detroit man who sold the fentanyl-laced heroin that killed a Birmingham high school junior and a Madison Heights man last May was sentenced Thursday to 30 1/2 years in prison.

The sentence imposed on James E. Coleman by U.S. District Judge Lawrence Zatkoff was at the top of the federal sentencing guidelines.

Coleman -- accused of selling the drugs that killed 17-year-old Lauren Jolly and 30-year-old Daniel McElmurry -- pleaded guilty in November to avoid a possible life sentence.

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3 US MI: Federal Jury Clears 8 Detroit Police OfficersThu, 20 May 2004
Source:Kansas City Star (MO) Author:Ashenfelter, David Area:Michigan Lines:134 Added:05/24/2004

DETROIT - A federal court jury Thursday acquitted eight Detroit police officers of violating the constitutional rights of drug dealers, pimps and prostitutes.

Jurors said they didn't think prosecutors proved their case beyond a reasonable doubt, and relied on questionable witnesses.

"Their witnesses scared the living bejeebers out of me," said one juror, a 67-year-old Detroit woman. Many witnesses admitted on the stand that they were involved in drugs or prostitution.

"They're all criminals. They're hard to believe," said another juror, who described herself as a 64-year-old Madison Heights real estate agent. She said she doesn't know how Detroit can rid itself of crime without aggressive police officers.

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4 US MI: 10 Metro Residents Are Charged in U.S. Pot CaseTue, 24 Feb 2004
Source:Detroit Free Press (MI) Author:Ashenfelter, David Area:Michigan Lines:69 Added:02/25/2004

Ten Detroit-area residents were among 20 people indicted nationally for shipping 40 tons of Mexican marijuana to Detroit since 1991, the government said Monday.

"This is one of the largest conspiracies involving marijuana that this district has ever seen," U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Collins said at a news conference. He said six of the defendants also were charged with trying to buy the silence of three drug ring members by paying bribes or their attorney fees.

The indictment, issued Thursday, identified the ringleaders as Allen Ozdemir, 42, of Tucson, Ariz.; Dale Sokolov, 43, of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Harry Trubonis, 43, of Newark, N.J. The men allegedly acquired marijuana from suppliers in Mexico and shipped it to Detroit. Initially, the drugs were carried in cars, then heavy-duty pickups and finally a moving van.

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5 US MI: Drug Dealer Tells Court That Cops Lacked WarrantThu, 19 Feb 2004
Source:Detroit Free Press (MI) Author:Ashenfelter, David Area:Michigan Lines:66 Added:02/22/2004

Trial Is Under Way in Detroit Police Probe

A small-time drug dealer said in federal court Wednesday that two Detroit police officers burst into his home without a warrant, falsified reports and lied in court, causing him to be convicted on bogus criminal charges.

"Officer Robo and Timothy Gilbert deliberately lied about me, busted up my house, searching me and arresting me," Bruce Toney, 45, of Detroit, told jurors on the second day of testimony in a trial for eight Detroit police officers.

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6 US MI: Cops Testify in Colleagues' TrialWed, 18 Feb 2004
Source:Detroit Free Press (MI) Author:Ashenfelter, David Area:Michigan Lines:77 Added:02/19/2004

2 Officers Are Accused of Planting Evidence and Lying in '01 Drug Arrest

Three current or former Detroit police officers offered testimony Tuesday to show that two other officers lied about the circumstances of the 2001 arrest of a drug dealer suspect.

The officers were questioned on the first day of testimony in the trial of eight police officers accused of planting evidence, falsifying reports and lying in court to justify the illegal arrests of suspected drug dealers in southwest Detroit in 2000-2002.

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7 US MI: Cop Guilty in False ArrestSat, 15 Nov 2003
Source:Detroit Free Press (MI) Author:Ashenfelter, David Area:Michigan Lines:83 Added:11/15/2003

Detroit Officer May Help in Wider Corruption Case

A Detroit police officer pleaded guilty to a federal misdemeanor charge Friday in what could be a major break in a Detroit police corruption case.

Officer Hubert Brown, 37, admitted in a plea deal with federal prosecutors that he deprived Tracy Marie Brown of her civil rights on May 2, 2000, by writing a bogus police report to justify her false arrest on drug charges.

Officer Brown, who is not related to the woman, also admitted lying at the woman's preliminary examination. She was bound over for trial in Wayne County Circuit Court, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 18 months of probation.

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8 US MI: Judge Who Admitted Smoking Pot At Concert Hit With Six-Month SuspensionSat, 27 Sep 2003
Source:Detroit Free Press (MI) Author:Ashenfelter, David Area:Michigan Lines:61 Added:09/27/2003

The Michigan Supreme Court has suspended a northern Michigan judge for six months without pay after he admitted smoking pot while fining and jailing others for the same conduct.

The high court issued the suspension Thursday, rejecting a 62-day suspension that the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission had recommended in an agreement with 86th District Court Judge Thomas Gilbert.

Gilbert's court serves Antrim, Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties. The tenure commission proposed a 90 day suspension, but wanted to give Gilbert credit for 28 days he spent in a substance abuse program in Minnesota from Nov. 17-Dec. 14.

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9 US MI: 17 Officers Accused Of City Reign Of TerrorFri, 20 Jun 2003
Source:Detroit Free Press (MI) Author:Ashenfelter, David Area:Michigan Lines:203 Added:06/20/2003

Police Are Suspected Of Rogue Conduct, Threats And Assaults

They dangled one man by his legs from a second-story window.

They threatened to kill a woman if she told anyone about the way they were treating her.

They stepped on the face of another woman with such force, they dislodged a tooth.

Prosecutors say these were not the acts of neighborhood gang members, but of 17 rogue Detroit police officers charged in a federal indictment Thursday. The officers allegedly stole drugs, firearms and money from suspected drug dealers during a two-year reign of terror on the city's southwest side.

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10 US MI: 2 Indicted In Web Drug RingFri, 20 Sep 2002
Source:Detroit Free Press (MI) Author:Ashenfelter, David Area:Michigan Lines:55 Added:09/20/2002

Royal Oak Men Accused Of Date-Rape Substances

Two Royal Oak men were indicted Thursday in what federal authorities described as an unprecedented attack on Internet trafficking of date-rape drugs.

Authorities arrested or indicted 155 people in 84 cities in the United States and Canada, broke up four Internet drug rings and confiscated more than $1 million in cash and property. They also confiscated 3,000 gallons of date-rape drug materials -- enough to produce 25 million doses of gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) and its derivatives. The action capped a two-year investigation.

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11 US MI: Tenure Commission Slaps Judge With More ChargesMon, 06 Jul 1998
Source:Detroit Free Press (MI) Author:Ashenfelter, David Area:Michigan Lines:69 Added:07/06/1998

A Pontiac district judge accused of judicial misconduct received more bad news from the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission on Wednesday.

The agency added two more charges to its misconduct complaint against 50th District Judge Christopher Brown. The commission said he violated the rights of a Southfield man in a marijuana possession case in January and presided over several landlord-tenant disputes involving his bailiff, Avery Hatchett, who owns rental property in Pontiac.

Brown "has demonstrated a persistent and intentional disregard of his ethical obligations despite these prior admonitions," the commission said in its complaint, disclosing for the first time that it has warned Brown four times from 1986 to 1996 about his behavior.

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