DETROIT, MI – An indictment charging seven Detroit area men with conspiracy to distribute heroin was unsealed this morning, U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today.
Joining McQuade in the announcement was David Gelios, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Joseph P. Reagan, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Detroit Field Division, Sheriff Michael Bouchard, Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, Chief Corrigan O’Donahue, Royal Oak Police Department and Chief Timothy Collins, Ferndale Police Department.
Albert Street, 34-years-old, Floyd Shaw, 20, Chris Coleman, 38, Andre Little, 37, Devon Street, 21, James White, 22, and Carlos Cozart, 24, were charged with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin. Cozart is from Hamtramck. The other defendants are from Detroit.
In addition, Coleman and Shaw were charged with distribution of heroin resulting in serious bodily injury. The victims involved survived the overdoses because they were revived by paramedics. The law defines serious bodily injury as one that involves a substantial risk of death, and carries a mandatory penalty of 20 years’ imprisonment if convicted. Little was also charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
Since April, federal, state and local agencies, including the DEA, FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations, Oakland County Gang and Violent Crime Task Force, Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, Royal Oak Police Department, Southfield Police Department, Bloomfield Township Police Department, Troy Police Department, Waterford Police Department, Ferndale Police Department, Detroit Police Department and the Michigan State Police, and several other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, have conducted a rigorous investigation into this heroin drug trafficking organization that has territories in Detroit expanding from Six Mile Road to Eight Mile Road, including the Woodward Corridor, and beyond.
This indictment stems from numerous search warrants that were executed on July 21st, 2015, in Wayne and Oakland counties, in an effort to combat the heroin epidemic. As a result of those search warrants, law enforcement officers seized a substantial quantity of heroin.
The investigation and prosecution in this case are part of Project HOPE (Heroin and Opioid Prevention and Enforcement), the U.S. Attorney’s district-wide initiative to combat the epidemic of heroin use and overdoses.
“The heroin epidemic that has resulted in so many overdose deaths in our region calls for us to step up enforcement of heroin distribution to save lives,” McQuade said. “We are tackling this problem from all sides – prevention, treatment and enforcement.”
The charges in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
This investigation was led by the FBI Oakland County Violent Gang and Violent Crime Task Force in partnership with the Oakland County Narcotics Enforcement Team, the DEA, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Detroit Police Department, Royal Oak Police Department, Ferndale Police Department, and the FBI Violent Gang Task Force. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Patrick E. Corbett and Eric Doeh.