Agents arrest alleged leader of drug ring with ties to Ann Arbor
Federal agents Wednesday arrested a man accused of being the leader of an international drug ring based in Detroit with ties to Ann Arbor, The Detroit News reported.
During agents’ years-long investigation of Carlos Powell and his alleged drug ring they seized more than $21 million in cash, 66 pounds of heroin, 12 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana, the newspaper reported.
One of those seizures was at an Ann Arbor hotel June 23, 2010, when agents confiscated 13 kilograms of heroin, The News reported. Agents also seized $2 million and 12 kilograms of cocaine in October 2010 from a woman agents said picked up the drugs and money at an Ann Arbor hotel. They stopped the 2010 Toyota Avalon she was driving west on Interstate 94 in Calhoun County.
Vallejo admitted taking a flight to Chicago, where she rented a car from Hertz and drove to Ann Arbor, an affidavit said. She said the purpose of the trip was to "pick up money and transport the money to Chicago," according to the affidavit.
Powell and 11 others were charged in an indictment unsealed Wednesday in federal court, The News reported. Among them was former state Rep. Ken Daniels, D-Detroit.