DETROIT (WWJ) – Nine Metro Detroiters have been charged in a large-scale Ecstasy distribution ring.
The charges follow an investigation by the Immigration and Homeland Security Departments.
While four of the suspects are in custody, authorities are still looking for the five others.
The 17-count indictment alleges that the nine were distributing the drugs between May of 2013 and April of 2014.
“As a result of this investigation and enforcement action, we’ve dismantled an entire drug trafficking network that we allege was responsible for funneling poison into communities in metro Detroit,” said Marlon Miller, special agent in charge of HSI Detroit. “The dismantling of drug-trafficking operations has a direct and immediate positive impact on the quality of life here in Detroit.”
The indictment also alleges the group was involved in the distribution of heroin. If convicted, several of the suspects could face up to 40-years in jail.
Sylvester Boston Sr., Sylvester Boston Jr., Rodney Reaves, and Nikito Merchant all of Detroit were arrested by HSI agents.
Authorities are still seeking Norman Christopher Ivory, Sondai Harris, Raymond Thomas, Corey Broaden, William Burt, all of whom are from Detroit.
Anyone with information about their whereabouts is asked to contact HSI Detroit at 313-226-0500.