KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Two Kalamazoo drug dealers have been sentenced to federal prison.
KVET and the DEA arrested two suspects in the summer of 2012 in connection with heroin trafficking in the Kalamazoo area. An undercover KVET officer purchased heroin from Michael Thrash in June of 2012, who had been supplied by Willie Hopkins. After several more subsequent undercover purchases both directly and indirectly, over 100-grams of heroin in total were collected.
On August 14th, 2012, KVET acted on search warrants for locations used by the two men and found another 30-grams of heroin in a freezer. Hopkins admitted to having it with the intent to distribute it, and both men were arrested and lodged without bond pending a federal trial. Last November 15th, Thrash pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 100-grams or more of heroin, and Hopkins later pleaded guilty to the same charge.
On March 26th, Trash was sentenced to 18 months in prison with four years of supervised release. On April 25th, Hopkins was sentenced to 200 months in prison to be followed by four years of supervised release, and he was ordered to pay a 25-hundred dollar fine.