On Thursday January 22nd, 2015, the Traverse Narcotics Team, Leelanau Sheriff’s Office, Benzie County Sheriff’s Office, Michigan State Police and MSP Emergency Services Team coordinated an investigation that lead to the execution of two search warrants of houses in Leelanau and Benzie County. Large amounts of cocaine were being distributed to the Leelanau, Benzie and Grand Traverse County area.
The first residence, located in Elmwood Township, became the target of an investigation over a year ago following tips and information from multiple sources. After further investigation, a second residence in Lake Ann was also implicated.
Detectives obtained search warrants for both homes and upon execution of the warrants, evidence of drug trafficking were found. Detectives seized over 100 grams of powder cocaine, a quantity of marihuana, along with numerous firearms, scales and distribution materials. Also seized under state forfeiture laws were several vehicles used to distribute cocaine.
Numerous individuals were found in the residences along with several juveniles who were released to their parents. Three subjects were arrested and transported to the Leelanau and Benzie County jails.
They included a 35 year-old male, a 22 year-old male and a 40 year-old male from the Saginaw area who had been residing in the Grand Traverse and Leelanau County area for the last five years.
Leelanau Sheriff Mike Borkovich said “This was a year-long undercover operation that took 3 drug dealers off our streets and away from our kids”. He credits support for the Traverse Narcotics Team from the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners, who earlier this month, provided funding for undercover work by TNT. ” We appreciate their efforts to keep our area safe and free from these predators”, the Sheriff said.
The Traverse Narcotics Team (TNT) is a multi-jurisdictional task force covering 8 counties, consisting of detectives from the Benzie, Wexford, Osceola, Missaukee, Leelanau, Antrim and Kalkaska County Sheriff’s Offices, along with the Traverse City Police Department and Michigan State Police.
TNT needs help from the public to eradicate the illegal drug epidemic in Michigan and asks that anyone with any information pertaining to illegal drug activity call the drug tip line at 1-800-338-0868.
Anyone with information pertaining to this incident or with any questions about the case is asked to contact D/LT Dan King of the Traverse Narcotics Team at 231-922-0993, Sheriff Ted Schendel of the Benzie County Sheriff’s Office or Leelanau County Sheriff Mike Borkovich at 231-256-8800.