Feds say fentanyl dealer targeted Macomb County, Taylor – Macomb Daily
Dewayne Butler intended to use US Mail to transport thousands of dollars worth of fentanyl packages from Las Vegas to be unloaded on the streets of metropolitan Detroit, including Macomb County.
But Butler’s hopes of building a ring for the deadly and highly addictive drug were dismantled by the US Postal Service and the Drug Enforcement Agency. He will spend the next decade behind bars, according to federal prosecutors.
“Mr. Butler’s criminal conduct is an all-too-familiar example of someone who is willing, due to
his own greed, to contribute to the destruction of communities, families and individuals
with the actual effects or consequences of drug addiction,” U.S. Attorney Ison said in a statement.
Butler, 32, of Detroit, was sentenced Thursday by Judge Robert H. Cleland to 14 years in federal prison for possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute it in the Detroit area. Authorities say he pleaded guilty to selling 3.03 kilos, worth about $150,000.
During the summer of 2020, United States Postal Inspectors were working to identify packages containing contraband that had been mailed.
According to court records, from July to August 2020, Butler flew to Las Vegas, Nevada, to ship packages containing more than a kilogram of fentanyl each to the Detroit area for sale. The packages were intercepted by postal inspectors who, along with DEA special agents, determined that Butler was responsible for shipping the illegal drugs to Detroit.
Records show that 22 previous packages were shipped to addresses associated with Butler, between November 2019 and August 2020, and matched Butler’s trip from Detroit to Las Vegas.
Authorities said postal inspectors recovered a package that had been sent from Las Vegas to an address on Sail Drive in the area of 15 Mile and Ryan Roads in Sterling Heights. The package claimed to have been
sent by “PrEcision Clothing Inc.” The package was to be delivered to a Stephani Eli1. Eli is the name of Butler’s father, investigators said.
Officials determined that PrEcision Clothing was a fictitious company. A K9 alerted to the package and a search warrant was cleared for the package, which revealed the contents included one kilogram of fentanyl.
Another package was sent to an address on Pickwick Circle in Taylor, which contained 2.03 kilos.
As of 2008, Butler’s criminal record includes eight felonies and 13 misdemeanors, including assault with intent to commit grievous bodily harm, firearms and robbery.
Rodney M. Hopkins, Inspector in Charge of the Detroit Division of the United States Postal Inspection Service, said Butler’s conviction “reflects the ongoing work of the United States Postal Inspection Service and our law enforcement partners to disrupt drug trafficking in our communities and our dedication to delivering justice.” is quickly served up to those seeking to undermine the safety and security of the general public. »
Federal agents say they continue to see an increase in the presence of fentanyl in white powder heroin
markets, which in turn leads to higher rates of fentanyl-related overdose deaths. It’s 30 times stronger than heroin, experts say.
Authorities say one kilogram of fentanyl, sold for around $50,000 in 2020, could potentially produce 250,000 lethal doses. Drug overdose deaths in Michigan hit record highs in 2020 during the pandemic. In 2019, more than 51% of all drug overdose deaths were attributed to the synthetic opioid fentanyl and other synthetic opioids, according to the Atlanta Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).