January 11, 2012 at 1:00 am
Feds accuse 15 Metro Detroiters of running drug ring
By George Hunter
The Detroit News
Detroit â€” An alleged drug ring that sold thousands of pounds of cocaine and marijuana was broken up by multiple federal agencies, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday in U.S District Court.
Federal officials allege that the drug ring sold more than 2,200 pounds of marijuana, 11 pounds of cocaine, and 280 grams of crack cocaine dating to 2008.
More than $500,000 in cash was seized from a Franklin home as part of the investigation, which involved multiple federal agencies.
Police in Detroit, Franklin, Troy, Novi and Warren, along with Michigan State Police, also were involved in the case.
"Large-scale drug trafficking and accompanying gun crimes create danger and fear in our neighborhoods," said U.S. Attorney Barb McQuade in a statement. Charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and cocaine were:
Orlando Gordon, 32, of Franklin
Vince Shivers, 42, of Southfield
Derrick Terry, 51, of Detroit
Danta Shamu-Parker Johnson, 34, of Detroit
Darren Terry, 35, of Detroit
Trenton Obamwonyi, 27, of Detroit
Tamiko Mel-Lang Hodo, 36, of Detroit
Anthony Hall, 46, of Detroit
Anton Harris, 32, of Detroit
Ervin Kenneth Vincent, 24, of Inkster
Darnell Easterling, 48, of Detroit
Courtney Shafi Strickland, 36, of Detroit
Benjamin Carter, 39, of Detroit
Erik Ross, 34, of Sterling Heights
Allen Terry, 47, of Farmington Hills
Some of the defendants were also charged with being felons illegally possessing firearms.
The narcotics trafficking charges carry sentences of 10 years to life in prison and a $10 million fine; the felon in possession charges carry possible sentences of up to 10 years.
Most of the defendants were arraigned in federal court Tuesday and released on $10,000 unsecured bond. Harris was ordered held pending a detention hearing today.