An indictment was unsealed today charging 10 individuals with conspiring to distribute cocaine and cocaine base, announced U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider. Joining Schneider in the announcement was Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Timothy Slater. Named in the federal indictment were:
RODNEY DUANE OBRYAN, 52 of Saginaw,
DEMETRIUS TYRONE CHAPPELL, 48 of Redford Township,
DEVITRI DESHAUNE SANTOS, 40 of Saginaw,
CHRISTOPHER LAWRENCE ROY, 46 of Detroit,
MALCOLM DWIGHT OBRYAN, 60 of Grand Rapids,
KEVIN DEWAYNE SHACKS, 52 of Saginaw,
ROBERT EARL BROOKS, 46 of Saginaw,
EDWARD BRYANT JR., 58 of Saginaw,
THOMAS JAMAR MCKINLEY, 44 of Saginaw, and
MACK ADAM MCCLAIN, 32 of Saginaw
"We intend to continue to do all we can to rid our community and our neighborhoods of illegal drugs and the violence and dysfunction that accompany them,” stated United States Attorney Schneider. “I’d like to thank the entire law enforcement team that worked so hard on this case. This case demonstrates cooperation and teamwork at its best.”
“Today’s arrests in metro Saginaw, Grand Rapids, and Detroit highlight the positive impact of collaboration among federal, state, and local law enforcement upon communities throughout Michigan when we use every tool available to combat violent drug trafficking organizations wreaking havoc on our neighborhoods and flooding our communities with dangerous narcotics,” said Timothy R. Slater, Special Agent in Charge, Detroit Division of the FBI. “Everyone deserves to live in a safe environment free from illicit narcotics and the violence that goes hand-in-hand with these criminal activities. Only concerted collaboration – both among law enforcement and with our community members – will safely return our neighborhoods to the families living their lives in these communities each day. The FBI is proud to work side-by-side with each law enforcement agency involved in this investigation and today’s arrests, to include: the FBI Bay City Resident Agency Mid-Michigan Safe Streets Task Force, DEA, and ATF; the Bay Area Narcotics Enforcement Team, Flint Area Narcotics Group, and Western Wayne Narcotics Unit; the Michigan State Police, Bay City Police Department, Saginaw Police Department, and Detroit Police Department; and the Michigan National Guard.”
The indictment alleges that since at least the summer of 2017, the defendants conspired to possess with the intent to distribute and to distribute cocaine and cocaine base. The indictment alleges that over 500 grams of cocaine was involved in the conspiracy.
In conjunction with the unsealing of the indictment, FBI special agents, along with agents and officers from other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, executed numerous search warrants at various locations throughout Michigan.
The charges in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
This investigation was conducted by the FBI’s Mid-Michigan Safe Streets Task Force along with the DEA, ATF, Michigan State Police, Bay City Police Department, Saginaw Police Department, Western Wayne Narcotics Unit, and the Michigan Army National Guard. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Turkelson.