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Drug enforcement team makes local arrests

Drug enforcement team makes local arrests

A recent traffic stop in Alpine Township resulted in the arrest of two Cedar Springs residents. The KANET (Kent Area Narcotics Enforcement Team) became involved after Deputy Robert Porter with the Kent County Sheriff Department conducted a traffic stop on Alpine near 7 Mile Road, on February 1, at 12:16 a.m.

With a suspended driver and other suspicious subjects in the vehicle, the deputy arrested the driver and conducted a search of the vehicle. After finding illegal drugs, additional units were called in to assist.  The search resulted in a locating six large bags of marijuana weighing approximately 5 pounds, illegal scales, powder and crack cocaine, and a duffle bag with an illegal firearm. Also seized from the suspect was a large amount of cash.

KANET team members obtained a search warrant for the residence of the driver located on Sarah Street in the Cedar Springs Mobile Home Estates. A search of that residence produced additional evidence.

Jason Hoover

Aleena Fabbro

The driver of the vehicle, Jason Wayne Hoover, 30, of Cedar Springs, was arraigned on February 2 in 63rd District Court. He was charged with violation of a controlled substance, delivery and manufacturing of marijuana, controlled substance possession cocaine, heroin or other narcotics less than 25 grams, a weapons firearm violation—possession by a felon second subsequent offense, and for being a habitual offender 4th offense. His bond was set at $15,000.00 cash surety. His preliminary exam was scheduled for February 15 at 2 p.m.

His passenger, Aleena Rochelle Fabbro, 21, of Cedar Springs, was arrested and charged with having a controlled substance, possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana.  Her bond was set at $5,000.00 and has a preliminary exam scheduled for February 15th at 2 p.m.

Elijah Mindoro

Cara Mindoro

Tips and information on drug activity in our area is constantly being shared with KANET, our area drug enforcement team.  Just last fall arrests were made on Beckett Blvd in the Northland Estates Mobile Home Park, Cedar Springs.  In that investigation officers executed a search warrant in the 4000 block of Beckett Blvd, arresting Elijah Evan Mindoro, 38, of Cedar Springs and Cara Lin Mindoro, 30. The search of their mobile home resulted in charges of having a controlled substance with intent to deliver and manufacturing a narcotic—cocaine less than 50 grams, and maintaining a drug house.  Both were arraigned in 63rd District Court in October 2009 with their case being bound over to Circuit Court. They were sentenced on January 25, 2010.  Elijah Evan Mindoro received 48 months probation, a 60-day license suspension, and 90 days in the Kent County Correctional Facility. Cara Mindoro received 48 months probation with a 60 day jail sentence suspended.

Cedar Springs police officers have been watching these subjects known to have drug connections. “We share our information with the area drug enforcement team who has the expertise to help work an ongoing drug investigation,” said Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent. “The traffic stop by Deputy Porter was extremely helpful and made the investigation move much faster than anticipated. There are other known drug dealers in the area and we will continue picking them off one at a time.”

He said many tips come in from citizens who have noticed suspicious activity at an address or who have knowledge of a person selling drugs in the area. “We appreciate and thank all of you who become involved helping make the community a better and safer place to live,” said Parent.

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