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Stolen handgun and marijuana seized, crack cocaine dealer busted

On November 14, 2017, at approximately 6:30 p.m., the Southwest Enforcement Team-East Team along with officers from the Kalamazoo Township Police Department where conducting a counter drug operation in the area of East Main Street and Fennimore Street in Kalamazoo Township.

 

Detectives from the Southwest Enforcement Team observed a suspicious vehicle and alerted Kalamazoo Township Police Officers, who conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. During the traffic stop, Kalamazoo Township Police Officers located a stolen handgun in the passenger’s waist band and a large amount of marijuana in the car.  Two of the three male subjects had felony warrants and were lodged on outstanding warrants, as well as weapon and drug charges.

 

The Southwest Enforcement Team is a multijurisdictional task force comprised of sworn law enforcement personnel from the Michigan State Police, Barry County Sheriff’s Office, Berrien County Sheriff’s Office, Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office, Covert Police Department, Kalamazoo Township Police Department, and the South Haven Police Department.

 

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In a separate case, members of the Southwest Enforcement Team (SWET), with the assistance of the Berrien County Sheriff Road Patrol, conducted an arrest operation in Benton Harbor on Monday.

 

Demetrius Lashawn Jefferson, 24 years of age, was arrested following a month-long investigation into the distribution of crack cocaine.  The Southwest Enforcement Team and Berrien County Sheriff Department have received numerous complaints and information about drug sales in the 900 block of Buss Ave in Benton Harbor.  SWET Detectives began an investigation that determined Jefferson was a suspect who was selling crack cocaine in the area.  Jefferson was arrested on two counts of delivery of crack cocaine and resisting arrest. 

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