Man busted with 10 kilos of cocaine in Ann Arbor had 4 children with him, records show
A man who police said was carrying 10 kilograms of cocaine in his van was arrested Monday night during a traffic stop on the west side of Ann Arbor, federal court records show. Police said four of his children were also in the van.
Gerhard Neufeld Wiebe, who lives in Canada, was charged Tuesday in a federal criminal complaint with possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
He was arrested about 9:04 p.m. Monday when his Dodge Caravan with an Ontario license plate was pulled over by a Michigan State Police K-9 officer on M-14, court records show. It’s unclear why the van was stopped.
According to an affidavit by DEA Special Agent Michael Brouillard, the trooper ordered Wiebe out of the van, put him in a patrol vehicle and asked whether he had weapons, money or drugs. Wiebe said he did not, the affidavit says, and gave the trooper consent to search the van.
A drug dog “alerted with a ‘positive sniff” on the front driver’s side fender, court records say. Asked again whether there were drugs in the van, Wiebe said there was cocaine inside, the affidavit says, later telling investigators to search the passenger side rear panel.
The trooper told a woman in the front passenger seat to step out of the van, along with four of Wiebe's juvenile children, who were sitting in the back.
Agents recovered 10 kilograms of cocaine, records say, and Wiebe agreed to speak with them. He told them a man paid him $3,900 to drive to Los Angeles to pick up an unknown quantity of cocaine, promising him an additional $2,000 provided he successfully delivered it to an undisclosed location, the affidavit says.
Wiebe told agents he left Canada July 2, and arrived at a hotel in Los Angeles three days later, where he parked the van, records show. On July 6, someone picked up the van and Wiebe was later contacted and told it was loaded up, the affidavit says.
According to the affidavit, Wiebe left Los Angeles on July 7 and was pulled over in Ann Arbor four days later. It's unclear whether he has an attorney. If convicted, he faces at least 10 years in prison.
Michigan State Police troopers did not have further details this morning, including Wiebe's age. DEA Special Agent Rich Isaacson, a spokesman for the agency in Detroit, could not immediately be reached for comment this morning.
Lee Higgins covers crime and courts for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached by phone at (734) 623-2527 and email at firstname.lastname@example.org.