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Drug dealer convicted in Solon resident’s death

Drug dealer convicted in Solon resident’s death

A Wyoming man will be facing a mandatory minimum of 20 years in prison after he was convicted in federal court last week on six drug trafficking charges—one which included distributing fetanyl resulting in death.

According to U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge, Anthony Michael Assfy, 29, of Wyoming, was found guilty of all charges after a three-day trial. The charges included distribution of fentanyl resulting in death, possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and crack cocaine, distribution of heroin and crack cocaine (three counts), and possession with intent to distribute heroin and crack cocaine.

The evidence showed that on August 29, 2018, Assfy sold the fetanyl to a Solon Township resident who thought it was heroin. The person then took the fetanyl and died of an overdose.

Prosecutors did not release the name of the overdose victim.

When the Kent Area Narcotics Enforcement Team (KANET) arrived on the overdose scene, they found evidence that indicated Assfy was the decedent’s dealer. So they posed as the victim and set up a purchase of narcotics from Assfy on August 30, 2018. Assfy arrived at the Grand Rapids deal site and was arrested by law enforcement. In addition to the fentanyl that Assfy intended to deliver to the decedent, law enforcement discovered another 36 grams of fentanyl and nearly 4 grams of crack cocaine concealed on Assfy’s person upon booking him into the Kent County Jail.

The suspect posted bail on the state charges, but then went on to continue to deal heroin and crack. He was charged for distributing heroin and crack cocaine to a law enforcement agent on three occasions during this time frame. On November 13, 2018, law enforcement executed a search warrant on a residence that Assfy used as a deal location. Law enforcement seized another 19 grams of heroin and some crack cocaine, for which Assfy was charged.

“Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is 80–100 times more potent than morphine and is cheap to produce,” said U.S. Attorney Birge. “We are increasingly seeing fentanyl mixed together with heroin or fentanyl being passed off as heroin in our West Michigan communities. Due to fentanyl’s potency, ingestion is often deadly. My office is committed to prosecuting drug dealers that cause deaths to the fullest extent of the law.” 

Anthony Assfy’s sentencing hearing is currently scheduled for June 8, 2020 before Chief Judge Robert J. Jonker. He faces a mandatory minimum term of 20 years and a maximum of life in prison.

This case was investigated by KANET, the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, the

Kentwood Police Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Vito S. Solitro and Joel S. Fauson.

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Drug dealer robbed

Allan McKay

An 18-year-old Cedar Springs man was robbed Wednesday evening when he met four other teens on the White Pine Trail to complete a drug deal.
Officer Paul Feutz responded to a call of an armed robbery that occurred Friday night, April 13 at 9:25 p.m. Little did he know at that time that he would eventually charge those involved in addition to arresting the victim who reported the crime.
The 18 year old victim, Allan McKay, first reported that a group of men assaulted him with boards and bottles while on the White Pine Trail behind Vanderhyde Ford. Officer Feutz did not see signs of an assault and there was no need for medical assistance. The victim told the officer that they took $120.00 dollars from him. The victim knew some of the young men by first

Cordeil Boyce-Burden

name only.

At first those interviewed denied even being on the trail. Follow-up interviews resulted in Officer Feutz getting to the truth, with the group admitting they set up McKay to come deliver drugs, with the intention of stealing his marijuana. Those involved admitted they swung at McKay, acting like they wanted to hit him, and then chased him on the trail until he fell into the brush filled ditch. He then gave up his marijuana to avoid being harmed.
Allan McKay eventually admitted that this was in fact what took place. He was mad and called the police. Unfortunately for him, he was living with a female friend who had filed a police report against him. In that case a “Bond

Austin Mosher

Conditional Release” was issued, ordering that he have no contact with this victim. Officer Feutz arrested and lodged him in jail.

The robbery investigation was reviewed by the Prosecutor’s Office and resulted in charging three young men, ages 17, 18 and 19, and one juvenile, age 15, with a 10 year felony, “larceny from a person.” All of the suspects involved live in the City of Cedar Springs.
Arrested were Cordeil Lea Boyce-Burden, 18, Austin Lee Mosher, 19, and Brandon Clay Bates, 17. Boyce-Burden and Mosher were arraigned in 63rd District Court Monday. They were given a preliminary hearing date of May 3 at 3:30 p.m., and bond was set at $5,000 cash/surety. Bates was set to appear

Brandon Bates

in court Wednesday.

Allan McKay was brought before the judge and was given a $300.00 cash bond for violating his “Bond Conditional Release” order. According to Chief Parent, he was not charged with a drug-related offense because no evidence of the drug was found, and he was already headed to court on three other unrelated charges.

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