A Chicago resident traveling through Huron Township in a rental car was arrested March 28 when a officer pulled him over and found cocaine, prescription pills and marijuana inside his vehicle.
According to Police Chief Everette Robbins, an officer working traffic enforcement near southbound I-275 and Sibley Road pulled over 31-year-old Emanuel Alfonso for going 94 mph in a 70 mph zone.
When the officer first made contact with Alfonso, he could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.
After officers and a Huron Police K9 unit searched the car, the drugs were found and Alfonso was arrested.
“Many times, people see the police with a vehicle pulled over on the side of the road and assume that a person is receiving a citation for speeding. In many instances arrests such as these are being made,” Robbins said.
“A major freeway running through a community can be a major pipeline for illegal activity and it is very important that we stay visible there. In this case, the suspect was traveling from Chicago, IL into our area driving a rental vehicle. Outside of the mere fact of how dangerous his speed was, it is very possible that had he not been stopped when he was, he may have brought illegal drugs into our community or worse, killed someone driving at the high rate of speed that he was going,” he said.
Alfonso faces two felony drug charges for possessing cocaine and prescription pills, and one misdemeanor charge for possession of marijuana, adding up to a possible seven year prison sentence.
He was arraigned in court and is being held in the Wayne County Jail on a $50,000 bond.
“This is just one example of the good work being done by our traffic services unit. Our traffic based arrests have almost tripled over the past 24 months and that it a credit to each of our officers,” said Robbins.