TROY, MI – On Tuesday, January 29th, Detectives assigned to the Oakland County Narcotic Enforcement Team (NET) arrested Ryan James Zettell, a 21-year-old resident of Troy, for drug trafficking throughout Oakland County and surrounding communities.
Zettell goes by the street name ‘Ozone’.
The NET investigation into Zettell began in July 2018, when they received a tip which identified Zettell as a Troy-area drug trafficker. This tip also indicated Zettell was featured in the Netflix series ‘Dope’ in Episode 3 of Season 2, which featured stories focused on the Metro Detroit region. During the episode, he mentions that he hoped to go into criminal justice at some point.
Detectives were able to conduct undercover buys and surveillance of Zettell and arranged many purchases of both cocaine and MDMA, also known as ‘Molly’. The NET team secured search warrants for two locations where they had witnessed Zettell conduct illegal activities. During the arrest of Zettell, Detectives recovered a backpack containing digital scales, 62 acid tabs, 29 grams of Molly, a gram of cocaine, and a laptop. At one of the search warrant locations, a Kimber .45 semiautomatic weapon was recovered, as well as one gram of cocaine, and $7,195 in US currency.
After Zettell’s arrest, he was interviewed by Detectives where he admitted to being on the Netflix series.
Zettell is currently lodged at the Oakland County Jail. He was arraigned today at 10 am on a six-count felony warrant by the Honorable Judge Maureen M. McGinnis in 52-4 District Court. He has been charged with three counts of Controlled Substance – Delivery/Manufacture (Cocaine, Heroin, or another narcotic) less than 50 grams, two counts of Controlled Substance – Delivery/Manufacture (Ecstasy/MDMA), and one count of Controlled Substance – Delivery/Manufacture (Cocaine, Heroin, or another narcotic) less than 25 grams. He was given a $15,000 cash surety bond, 10%.
His next court appearance will be in front of the Honorable Judge McGinnis on February 14, 2019, at 8:45 am.