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Two arrested on drug charges following nine month long investigation

BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich.—Two people were arrested Tuesday on drug charges following a nine month long investigation conducted by three different law enforcement organizations.

Detectives with the Southwest Enforcement Team (SWET), along with members of the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department and Michigan State Police conducted a drug sting operation in Benton Harbor on February 5, according to reports.

The suspect, 36-year-old John Lewis McCoy, III, had been under investigation by SWET for nine months regarding the sales and distribution of methamphetamine and heroin in the Benton Harbor area, reports said.

SWET detectives observed McCoy conduct several drug transactions in the area of McCord and East Vineyard, reports said.

McCoy was taken into custody and during a search following the arrest, detectives located a large amount of crystal meth, heroin, and U.S. currency, according to reports.

McCoy was taken to Berrien County Jail and charged with eight counts of delivery of heroin 2nd offense, possession with intent to deliver heroin 2nd offense, possession with intent to deliver crystal meth 2nd offense, and two outstanding warrants for unarmed robbery and fleeing and eluding police.

During the investigation, SWET detectives also arrested an alleged co-conspirator, 40-year-old Huelester Lewis, who was taken to Berrien County Jail and charged with two counts of delivery of heroin 2nd offense.

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