- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

HARPER WOODS, Mich. (AP) - At least three people have been arrested and marijuana, heroin and cocaine seized in a handful of raids following a five-year investigation into a drug-trafficking ring that extends from Detroit to northern Michigan, police said.

The main suspect, a 34-year-old woman, was taken into custody Wednesday, along with two other people at a home in Harper Woods, just east of Detroit, state police Lt. Mike Shaw said. She has been charged with conspiracy to deliver cocaine or heroin, and conducting a criminal enterprise.

Police did not provide the woman’s name but said the “Operation Sweetie” raids relied on her nickname.

The Detroit News reported that four separate raids took place in the Detroit area. State police Lt. Kip Belcher told the Traverse City Record-Eagle that at least six people connected to the case in and around Detroit were arrested. Further arrests are expected in the Traverse City area, Shaw said.

Belcher said the trafficking enterprise was “a very significant heroin and cocaine distribution” network.

Couriers carrying the drugs to northern Michigan were picked up by police. Evidence led to the operation’s source in the Detroit area.

“They were the conduit, the transportation to get from Detroit to Northern Michigan,” Belcher said. “In some circumstances, they were the consumers. In other circumstances, they were both.”



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