GRAND RAPIDS — According to a Nov. 5 press release from the United States Attorney’s Office Western District of Michigan, eight men are arrested on Nov. 3 in connection to a drug ring investigation that centered around 32-year-old Ivan Huerta Hernandez of New Buffalo.

Hernandez, one of those arrested, allegedly had drug trafficking operations that were based in New Buffalo, the United States Attorney’s Office Western District of Michigan said in its release.

The release alleges that through conduits in Mexico, Hernandez was supplied with cocaine by sources in Chicago, and then distributed the drugs to dealers in West Michigan and Northern Indiana.

On the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 3, approximately 90 law enforcement officers from a variety of departments arrested the eight men and executed six search warrants in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois.

Officials say about 2 kilograms of suspected cocaine, around $99,900 in cash and two firearms were seized.

Along with Hernandez, officials also reportedly arrested Marcus Jemel Johnson, 42 of Benton Harbor; Donald James Rogers, 62, New Buffalo; Adrian Romero Antunez, 35, Chicago; Henry Shavar Nichols, 41, Greenville, South Carolina; Juan Martinez Camarillo, 36, Michigan City, Ind.; Manuel Eudave, 54, La Porte, Ind.; and Santiago Cardenas, 41, Michigan City, Indi.

Departments involved in the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation, which began in 2020, included the FBI, the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department.

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