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Suspect photos are displayed as Sheriff Mike Bouchard speaks to reporters (Photo: Jon Hewett/WWJ)

5 Arrested, Charged In Oakland County Drug Trafficking Bust

March 21, 2019 - 4:20 pm

PONTIAC (WWJ) -  Half-a-million dollars worth of drugs is off the streets of Metro Detroit as a result of a five-month investigation.

Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard announced Thursday that five men from Pontiac, Eastpointe, and Novi were arrested by members of the Narcotic Enforcement Team and charged with conspiracy and delivery of drugs.

The sheriff alleges the group was part of a large drug trafficking organization that was moving large quantities of heroin and cocaine.  

Oakland County drug bust
Seized drugs are displayed. (Photo: Jon Hewett/WWJ)

Searching area homes, Bouchard said officers seized 1.5 kilos of cocaine, 1,022 grams of heroin and fentanyl mix -- 37 grams which was pure fentanyl -- 600 grams of cutting agents, 20 pounds of marijuana, digital scales, grinders, packaging material, a .40 caliber handgun, and $67,000 in cash. 

At a news conference, the sheriff said the fentanyl was estimated to be enough to "kill 18,500 people."

"I applaud the detailed and effective work of our NET Detectives,” Bouchard said. “Dismantling this organized DTO took dangerous criminals and drugs off the streets where we live and work."

Oakland County drug suspects
Booking photos on display (Photo: Jon Hewett/WWJ)

Here's a rundown of those arrested and the charges against them:

George Booth – 40-year-old Pontiac resident
Bond was set at $100,000 cash/surety/10 percent at arraignment March 15 on:

  • 2 Counts of Conspiracy to Commit – Delivery/Manufacture (Cocaine, Heroin, or Another Narcotic) 1000 or more grams - Life
  • 1 Count of Delivery/Manufacture (Cocaine, Heroin, or Another Narcotic) 1000 or more grams – Life
  • 2 Counts of Delivery/Manufacture (Cocaine, Heroin, or Another Narcotic) 450 to 999 grams – 30 years

Kejuanta Deshaun Pickett – 33-year-old Pontiac resident
Bond was set at $50,000 cash/surety/10 percent at arraignment March 15 on:

  • 1 Count of Delivery/Manufacture (Cocaine, Heroin, or Another Narcotic) less than 50 grams – 20 years and/ or $25,000

Clide Charles-Lamont Mathis – 44-year-old Novi resident 
Bond was set at $100,000 cash/surety/10 percent at arraignment March 15 on:

  • 2 Counts of Conspiracy to Commit – Delivery/Manufacture (Cocaine, Heroin, or Another Narcotic) 1000 or more grams - Life
  • 1 Count of Delivery/Manufacture (Cocaine, Heroin, or Another Narcotic) 1000 or more grams – Life
  • 2 Counts of Delivery/Manufacture (Cocaine, Heroin, or Another Narcotic) 450 to 999 grams – 30 years
  • 1 Count of Controlled Substance – Maintaining a Drug House – 2-year Misdemeanor

Eric Dwayne Mills – 44-year-old Eastpointe resident
Bond was set at $100,000 cash/surety/10 percent at arraignment March 15 on:

  • 2 Counts of Conspiracy to Commit – Delivery/Manufacture (Cocaine, Heroin, or Another Narcotic) 1000 or more grams – Life
  • 1 Count of Delivery/Manufacture (Cocaine, Heroin, or Another Narcotic) 1000 or more grams – Life
  • 2 Counts of Delivery/Manufacture (Cocaine, Heroin, or Another Narcotic) 450 to 999 grams – 30 years
  • 1 Count of Controlled Substance – Maintaining a Drug House – 2-year Misdemeanor

Rashad Isom Alston – 34-year-old Pontiac resident 
Bond was set at $50,000 cash/surety/10 percent at arraignment March 15 on:

  • 2 Counts of Delivery/Manufacture (Cocaine, Heroin, or Another Narcotic) 50 to 449 grams – 20 years and/or $250,000

At time when opioid overdoses are among the leading cause of death in America, Bouchard said law enforcement needs to take a tough stance against drug traffickers.  

"We're not going to arrest our way out of the opioid crisis, but it's a portion." he told WWJ's Jon Hewett and other reporters. "We have to have treatment, diversion, mental health, substance abuse counseling, education, community activism --- all of that's part of it. But there has to be a very real component, a punishment for those that are profiting from the death and misery of other people."

Bouchard said his department remains dedicated to investigating and prosecuting these "death dealers" to the fullest extent of the law.

All five of the suspects posted bond, were released and will be back in court next Tuesday.