DETROIT, MI – They are considered armed and dangerous. Do not attempt to apprehend or approach. That is the warning coming from the federal court house in Detroit.
Wanted are the two ringleaders: Carlos Powell, 39, of Washington Township, and Eric Powell, 36, of Franklin Farms; and Earnest Proge, Jr., 38, of Detroit.
The three were among a dozen individuals indicted in 2012 for their role in one of the largest drug rings in metro-Detroit history. One of them had an electronic tether on which he cut off when he fled the federal court house.
Officers from several agencies are fanned out across southeast Michigan searching for these individuals.
These three dangerous men were out on bond while the jury deliberated over the weekend in the case against them. They were instructed to stay close to the federal courthouse in case a verdict were reached. All three had appeared in court on Monday morning, but failed to return for the reading of the verdict at about 1:30 p.m. today.
Authorities seized more than $21 million in cash, 30 kilograms of heroin, 12 kilograms of cocaine and about 450 kilograms of marijuana. Law enforcement also seized 8 pieces of property and 10 vehicles, including a 2008 Bentley, a 2006 Ferrari and two boats in this case.
Authorities say the fugitives should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on their whereabouts should contact that United States Marshals at 313-234-5656 or 911 immediately.