Seven arrested by FBI in Saginaw Co. drug conspiracy investigation

FBI search on Iowa Avenue in Bridgeport Township on Thursday, May 5.
FBI search on Iowa Avenue in Bridgeport Township on Thursday, May 5.(WNEM)
Published: May. 5, 2022 at 8:31 AM EDT
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SAGINAW CO., Mich. (WNEM) - Seven people were arrested by the FBI in a wide-ranging drug conspiracy in Saginaw County, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

The names in the first indictment include:

- Teyana Lhajuan Frills, 29, of Saginaw

- Charles Ellis Parks, 51, of Bridgeport Township

- Michael Allan Pratt, 51, of Saginaw

- Adam Juan Rosas, 35, of Saginaw

- Antwon Georgedon Shivers, 36, of Saginaw

- Jarquaze Anthony Townsend, 32, of Saginaw

Cecil Peoples, 54, was also arrested on a criminal complaint for possession with intent to distribute cocaine, in addition to multiple weapons charges. All seven residents were arraigned in federal court Thursday afternoon, the DOJ said.

This case started on March 25 when the U.S. Attorney’s Office charged five residents with conspiring to distribute kilogram quantities of cocaine and heroin brought into the country from Mexico, according to court records.

A federal jury indicted these five residents on April 4 for being involved in the conspiracy. Six extra Saginaw County residents are now alleged to be involved in this same drug ring, according to the DOJ.

“With these arrests, a major drug distribution organization has been dismantled,” US Attorney Dawn Ison said. “I’d like to thank the entire law enforcement team that worked so hard on this case. This case demonstrates cooperation and teamwork at its best.”

“The FBI is proud to work in close partnership with each of the federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies involved in the execution of today’s arrests and search warrants,” said James A. Tarasca, special agent in charge of the FBI in Michigan. “An operation of this scale goes a long way towards making our neighborhoods safer from violent gangs trafficking narcotics.”

Multiple of these defendants possessed cocaine with the intent to distribute it since the fall of 2021 to at least March 22, according to the indictment.

Authorities were sent to the 1600 block of Iowa Avenue in Bridgeport Township at 6 a.m. on Thursday, May 5. FBI officials were also in the 1600 block of Outer Drive in Buena Vista Township Thursday morning for the drug raids.

An FBI spokesperson stated officers were at a number of other locations Thursday morning in connection to the two searches.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Bill Vailliencourt and Tim Tuekelson.