Berrien County Sheriff takes drug dealers off the Streets


BENTON HARBOR, MI – The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office has been busy arresting those involved in drugs in their jurisdiction.

On Wednesday November 1st, 2017, SWET-West detectives along with members of the Berrien County Sheriff Department executed a search warrant for illegal narcotics at 460 Colfax Ave., in the City of Benton Harbor.




The search warrant was a result of an ongoing investigation into the sale and distribution of heroin. SWET-West Detectives seized several grams of crack-cocaine, several grams of heroin, a shotgun with ammunition, and U.S. Currency from the property.

Valari Shamone Hayes,29 years old, was arrested and arraigned in Berrien 5Th District court on possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine, possession with intent to deliver heroin, maintaining a drug house, possession of a firearm by a felon, felon in possession of ammunition, and felony firearms.

Based on records from the Michigan Department of Corrections, Valari Hayes was first convicted on a drug offense in 2009. He has three felony convictions for drugs:

  • 2 counts of Controlled Substance-Delivery/Manf., Nar/Coc <50 Grams – Conspiracy
  • Controlled Substance-Imitation Manufacture or Distribution

In another drug bust on Monday November 6th, 2017, SWET-West detectives along with members of the Berrien County Sheriff Department executed a search warrant for illegal narcotics at 1135 Superior Street., in the City of Benton Harbor.

The search warrant was a result of an ongoing investigation into the sale and distribution of crack cocaine. SWET-West Detectives seized over 80 grams of cocaine, 3.2 grams of crack cocaine, $13,925.00 in U.S. Currency, and a stolen hand gun from the property.

SWET- detectives along with Berrien County Road Patrol located the home owners from 1135 Superior at the time of the warrant. Both suspects were interviewed and lodged in Berrien County Jail for drug and Firearms related charges.

The Southwest Enforcement Team (SWET) is comprised of sworn law enforcement personnel from the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office, Michigan State Police, Barry County Sheriff’s Office, Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office, Kalamazoo Township Police Department, South Haven Police Department, Covert Police Department, and the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office.

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