Accordng to a Southwest Enforcement Team (SWET) press release, SWET-West detectives along with members of the Chikaming Township Police, Unites States Postal Inspection Service, Berrien County Sheriff Department, and Michigan State Police executed a narcotics search warrant in Chikaming Township on Aug, 14.
The release states that Michael Vernon McNair Jr., 71, was the target of the investigation and was located outside the house during the execution of the Aug. 14 operation. During the execution of the search warrant officers reportedly located 60 grams of cocaine, approximately a half ounce of fentanyl, and several bags with unknown powder. Also located during the search was a stolen hand gun (stolen out of Iowa) and other narcotic trafficking evidence.
Police reported that McNair was arrested and lodged Berrien County Jail on the following charges:
• Possession with intent to deliver Cocaine 2nd;
• Possession with intent to deliver Fentanyl 2nd;
• Felon in Possession of a Firearm;
• Possession of a Firearm during the commission of a crime;
The Southwest Enforcement Team is comprised of sworn law enforcement personnel from the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office, Allegan Police Department, Allegan County Sheriff’s Office, Barry County Sheriff’s Office, Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, Covert Township Police Department, Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office, Kalamazoo Township Police Department, Michigan State Police, South Haven Police Department, Saint Joseph County Sheriff’s Office, and Sturgis Police Department.
SWET is funded in part by the Michigan HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) as well as the U.S. Department of Justice, Byrne JAG grant.