9 face drug charges in Van Buren Co. bust

Seven people arrested in a Van Buren County drug bust. Top, left to right: Tonya Billings, Alfonso Coleman and Kenneth Jeffries. Bottom, left to right: Lavern Lewis, James Payton, Rogelio Reyna and Feddreka Walker.

HARTFORD, Mich. (WOOD) — Van Buren County authorities say they are charging nine people with various felony drug charges as the result of an 18-month investigation and Wednesday bust.

During that investigation, undercover detectives bought heroin, crack and powder cocaine, and marijuana, according to the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office.

Wednesday, officials with the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office, Southwest Enforcement Team, Michigan State Police, and Covert and Hartford police departments arrested seven of the nine suspects.

The charges against those seven suspects (listed alphabetically):

  • Tonya Billings, 39, of Hartford, faces one count of felony sale/delivery of cocaine.
  • Alfonso Coleman, 33, of Covert faces three counts of felony sale/delivery of cocaine.
  • Kenneth Jeffries, 43, of Covert faces two counts of felony sale/delivery of heroin.
  • Lavern Lewis, 51, of Covert faces three counts of felony sale/delivery of heroin.
  • James, Payton, 35, of Hartford; faces three counts of felony sale/delivery of cocaine.
  • Rogelia Reyna, 31, of Hartford faces three counts of felony sale/delivery of marijuana.
  • Feddreka Walker, 36, of Hartford faces three counts of felony sale/delivery of cocaine.

Authorities are also seeking charges of possession of marijuana against Payton and Reyna after searching their homes and finding small amounts of the drug.

Two suspects have not yet ben arrested and their names not yet released. One, a 22-year-old from Covert, faces one felony count of sale/delivery of cocaine and the other, a 39-year-old from Hartford, faces two counts of felony sale/delivery of cocaine.

“The way this worked out, getting multiple people in the investigation, is a good thing because the more people that were working, the more drugs that we’re getting off the street,” Detective Sgt. Mick Masterson of the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit said.

Sale/delivery of cocaine and heroin is punishable by a maximum of 20 years in prison and/or a $25,000 fine. Sale/delivery of marijuana is punishable by a maximum of four years in prison and/or a $25,000 fine.

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