Six Michiana men charged in transnational and interstate cocaine ring

The US Attorney’s Office in Grand Rapids announced eight men have been arrested as part of a transnational and interstate cocaine ring based in New Buffalo, Michigan.

The investigation was centered around Ivan Huerta Hernandez whose drug trafficking operations were based in New Buffalo, the US Attorney’s Office said.

Through conduits in Mexico, Hernandez allegedly was supplied by sources in Chicago and distributed cocaine to dealers in west Michigan and northern Indiana.

On November 3, 90 federal, state and local law enforcement officers in four judicial districts executed arrest warrants and six search warrants.

Investigators seized approximately 2 kilograms of cocaine, $99,900 in cash and two firearms, reports said.

The men who were arrested were identified as

Ivan Huerta Hernandez, 32, New Buffalo

Adrian Romero Antunez, 35, Chicago

Henry Shavar Nichols, 41, Greenville, South Carolina

Marcus Jemel Johnson, 42, Benton Harbor, Michigan

Juan Martinez Camarillo, 36, Michigan City, Indiana

Donald James Rogers, 62, New Buffalo

Manuel Eudave 54, La Porte, Indiana

Santiago Cardenas, 41, Michigan City

The following agencies participated in the investigation: Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), United States Marshals Service (USMS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), Michigan State Police’s Southwest Enforcement Team (SWET), Berrien County Sheriff’s Department (BCSD), Pokagon Band Tribal Police, Michigan City Police Department, La Porte City Police Department, and the Cook County Sheriff Department.

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