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For Immediate Release

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June 05, 2014 Gretchen Fortin, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Northern District of Georgia (404) 730-3826;
Office of Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
Detroit Drug Kingpin Arrested in Atlanta

Atlanta, GA – Eric Jerome Powell was apprehended today after being found guilty during trial and failing to appear on May 12 for the reading of the verdict. Powell, along with codefendants Carlos Powell and Earnest Page, were three of twelve individuals who had been charged in an indictment with violating federal drug laws which included conspiracy to distribute in excess of 30 kilograms of heroin, 12 kilograms of cocaine, 1000 pounds of marijuana and laundering in excess of $21 million in U.S. currency. The three defendants attended the two week trial but failed to appear to the courthouse when the verdict came down on May 12. Eric Powell was one of the two ringleaders who had received a $10,000 unsecured bond. Arrest warrants were issued for all three fugitives.

A nationwide manhunt ensued to locate and apprehend these dangerous offenders. Numerous leads were developed which ultimately led investigators to Atlanta. Deputy U.S. Marshals along with the assistance of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force located Eric Powell at the Quality Inn off 505 Pharr Road and arrested him without incident. Eric Powell was in possession of a large amount of U.S. currency, when U.S. Marshals took him into custody.

On June 4, Carlos Powell was also apprehended in St. Louis, Missouri by the U.S. Marshals Service. Investigators recovered approximately $750,000 in U.S. currency as well as a firearm. The Powell brothers could face additional charges for fleeing, in addition to possible life sentences for their involvement and orchestration of one of the largest narcotic organization ever operated in metro Detroit, Michigan. Earnest Page is still a fugitive; however, the Marshals Service has received information on his possible whereabouts.

Eric Powell will go before a magistrate judge for an initial appearance on the failing to appear charge and will be extradited to Detroit pending the disposition of his case.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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