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Federal indictment charges members of Detroit drug trafficking group in fatal overdose deaths

September 6, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Federal indictment charges members of Detroit drug trafficking group in fatal overdose deaths

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U.S. prosecutors unsealed a grand jury indictment last week against the alleged kingpin of the Detroit heroin drug trade along with 13 co-conspirators, on charges of distributing heroin laced with the deadly drug Fentanyl, which resulted in a surge in fatal overdoses, including the death of a 19-year-old girl earlier this year.

In an announcement made last Friday, U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade said nine of the members of the “Polo” organization, face charges of distributing fentanyl, heroin crack cocaine, and other illicit narcotics, resulting in death and serious bodily injury.

Among the defendants listed in the indictment include Warren resident Demarco Tempo, 27 (also known as “Polo”), identified as the alleged leader of a drug trafficking network along with Detroit residents Amancio Alexander, 39; Horatio Heard, 25; and Darius Gordon, 25.

The DEA and Warren Police Special Investigations Unit began investigating the group in March after members allegedly distributed heroin laced with the deadly drug Fentanyl, causing a rash of overdose deaths, including several residents in Warren, Michigan.

The indictment charges the co-conspirators with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, including fentanyl, heroin, crack and powder cocaine.

Prosecutors charged Tempo along with eight other co-conspirators with supplying the laced heroin, which led to the death of a 19-year-old girl in Warren.

According to Fox News2, the remaining defendants are identified as Juwan Allen, 22; Marcus Gilbert, 22; Alvin Coates 21; Kenneth Sadler, 28; Dennis Jones, 21; Darryl Coneal, 28; Javon Brown, 25; Greg Howard, 20; and Randy Stewart, 25, all of whom are Detroit residents.

The federal indictment accuses nine of the suspects including Tempo, Heard, Allen, Coates, Gordon, Brown, Howard, Gilbert, and Jones — with conspiracy to distribute heroin and fentanyl where death and serious bodily harm occurred to multiple victims.

Tempo also faces one count of distribution of heroin and fentanyl resulting in the death of one victim.

Furthermore, prosecutors charged Tempo along with Coates, and Gordon with the distribution of heroin and fentanyl resulting in serious bodily injury to three other victims, Fox News2 in Detroit reported.

Additionally, Tempo along with Heard, Allen, Gordon, Howard, Jones, Brown, and Alexander face related firearm offenses.

The charged of distribution causing death or serious bodily injury, and the conspiracy to commit the offense carry a mandatory minimum of 20 years in prison for each count.

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts hailed the drug takedown in a statement on Friday: “This is a landmark case. We raided 6 homes in Detroit and used our special investigation unit to go inside and be able to identify these individuals, including the top person.”

“I would like to highly commend both the Warren Police Special Investigations Unit and the (Drug Enforcement Administration) for the grand jury indictment charging the leader of the Detroit heroin drug trade with the death of a 19-year-old female, and the overdose of three others,” Fouts wrote in a statement.

Fouts said he initiated the investigation after the mayor requested that Warren Police Commissioner Jere Green following the overdose deaths of the seven Warren residents earlier this year.

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