KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) - One of the biggest drug busts in the history of the Kalamazoo Valley Enforcement Team began with a traffic stop.
Now three people are under arrest, hundreds of pounds of pot were taken from a West Michigan home, and various guns were found in the investigation that stretched from Kalamazoo to Grand Rapids.
Police told 24 Hour News 8 they had an information a specific man - whom they wouldn't name at this time - traveled back and forth from Grand Rapids regularly. When that man was pulled over, a drug-sniffing dog detected drugs in the car's trunk.
About 10 pound of pot were found, and they were able to get the driver to tell them who supplied the drugs. That supplier lead to a 300-pound bust in Wyoming, and then a second bust at a Grand Rapids home with another 300+ pounds of marijuana.
In total, more than 600 pounds of pot plus $65,000 in cash plus three suspects arrested and several weapons recovered as a result of the initial traffic stop.
The men arrested are Jesus Lamas, Elias Pantoja, Jr. and Federico Zavala-Quezada.
Most of the marijuana that's distributed in Michigan and the United States comes across from the Mexican border, said KVET Capt. Joseph Taylor. They distribute it in our country and the money gets sent back to cartels in Mexico and beyond.
Friday, 04 Jun 2010
By Jessica Leffler