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Case Number: 1:21-cr-00136-JTN
Judge: Janet T. Neff
Court: United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan (Kent County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office
Description: Grand Rapids, Michigan criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with possessing with the intent to distribute controlled substances and possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.
On May 12, 2021, law enforcement officers in Lansing attempted a traffic stop of a vehicle driven by Eugene Jonas Hicks, age 38, in Lansing. A high-speed vehicle pursuit followed. During the pursuit, Hicks threw a loaded Taurus .357 revolver from the vehicle. Hicks also threw plastic bags containing cocaine, cocaine base, and methamphetamine from the sunroof. These items could have been accessible to the public had they not been recovered by law enforcement. Hicks disregarded stop signs and red lights, driving into oncoming traffic. The pursuit ultimately ended when Hicks crashed his vehicle in traffic, resulting in injuries to a passenger. Hicks then attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended by authorities.
U.S. Attorney Totten said, “Drugs and guns are a toxic mix, which is only made worse when they are possessed by convicted felons and thrown out of vehicles onto our streets. Our office will continue to work together with all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.”
This case resulted from a coordinated investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Lansing Police Department, Lansing’s Violent Crime Initiative Unit, and the Michigan State Police. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lauren F. Biksacky.
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 10 years in prison.