Deputies: Heroin bust leads to stolen items

Stolen property located when Ionia County authorities conducted a drug raid at a Ronald Township property. (Courtesy the Ionia County Sheriff's Office - Aug. 3, 2015)

RONALD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Ionia County authorities say two people were arrested after a heroin bust led investigators to stolen property.

Ionia County sheriff’s deputies investigating heroin sales on Monday served a search warrant at a residence in the 3000 block of Westbrook Road near Nickleplate Road in Ronald Township, northeast of the city of Ionia.

There, the sheriff’s office said in a Tuesday release, deputies found about 25 grams of suspected heroin, what was described as “drug money” and “other items that were purchased with money from the sales of heroin.”

Additionally, deputies said they found illegally possessed firearms, including one of which had been stolen. They also found dozens of other items believed to have been stolen, including:

  • a Honda 4-wheeler,
  • power tools,
  • flat-screen TVs,
  • computers,
  • laptops,
  • cellphones,
  • hand tools,
  • crossbows,
  • and “numerous” other items.

Deputies say they will work with other law enforcement agencies to work out where the stolen items came from and return them to their owners.

Michael Fountain and Ryan Whitelock, both of Ionia, were arrested at the residence.

Left to right: Michael Fountain and Ryan Whitelock's mug shots from the Ionia County Jail.
(Left to right: Michael Fountain and Ryan Whitelock’s mug shots from the Ionia County Jail.)

Fountain, 30, was charged on Tuesday with four counts: delivery of heroin and possession with intent to deliver heroin, both of which are 20-year felonies; being a felon in possession of a firearm, a 5-year-felony; and felony firearm, a 2-year felony. He is being held on a $50,000 cash or surety bond.

Whitelock, 27, was charged with one count of possession of heroin, a 4-year felony. He is being held on a $10,000 bond.

Authorities say they are seeking more charges against the pair, which will be determined after they finish sorting through the recovered property.

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