Two parolees arrested in search that found firearms, illegal drugs

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BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. – Two parolees were arrested Tuesday after the Southwest Enforcement Team (SWET) found the men were allegedly distributing illegal drugs, the Team’s West Office reported.

On August 3, SWET West detectives executed search warrants in Buchanan and Niles. The searches were the result of a narcotics investigation.

In Niles, detectives found approximately 1.5 grams of heroin, over a quarter of crystal meth, a 9mm pistol, an AK-47 rifle, and an additional magazine and ammunition, detectives said.

In Buchanan, detectives found evidence from controlled purchases previously conducted, reports said.

The two parolees, a 37-year-old Niles man and a 43-year-old Buchanan man, were taken to the Berrien County Jail on parole detainers while the Berrien County Prosecutor’s Office review new felony drugs and weapons charges against the two men.

Prior to the August 3 search warrants, detectives had already seized 4.2 grams of heroin and 18 grams of crystal meth from the two suspects, detectives said.

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