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Jul 2010

Incident Number:  5433-10
Incident Type:  Arrest of Suspects for Various Larcenies and Possession of Drugs
Date and Type of Incident:  July 24, 2010 at 1800 hours
Location: 30000 block of M-140, Covert Township
Drugs Seized:  An outdoor marijuana grow operation was located, along with processed marijuana, suspected heroin, and other controlled substances located at the scene.
Suspect Information: 1) a 31 year old male from Covert MI, (2) a 30 year old female South Haven Resident, (3) along with a 33 year old Lacota Resident
Charges:  Suspects were arrested on various charges such as larceny of scrap metal, retail fraud over $500, manufacturing marijuana, possession of heroin, harboring a fugitive, and parole and probation violations.

Narrative:   Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that officers were investigating a retail fraud that originated at the Walmart of South Haven.  During the investigation, suspects were identified and then sought to interview for the crime.  One of the suspects had an outstanding warrant for larceny of scrap metal and is out on bond on other charges.  During the investigation, Officers located the suspect's vehicle occupied by one of the suspects in Covert Township.  After arresting the first suspect, officers then went to a residence on M-140 to locate an additional suspect.  When Officers arrived, the suspects attempted to barricade the door to prohibit entry by the police.  Officers were able to make entry and located 2 suspects inside.  During the search, various drugs were located inside of the residence and later seized as evidence.  Officers also observed various marijuana plants growing in the back yard of the residence and also along side of an adjacent building.  Various stolen items were recovered during the investigation.  The suspects were lodged at the Van Buren County Jail on various offenses.  The investigation is still ongoing at the current time.

Investigating Officer: Deputy Brian Matthews (Van Buren County Sheriff's Office)
Assisting Officers:  K9 Officer Mersman (South Haven Police,) Officer Rumler (South Haven Police,) Officer Gardner (Covert Twp Police,) Trooper Sell (MI State Police,) and Trooper Olney (MI State Police)
Supervision Officer:  Sergeant Dennis Harvey (Van Buren County Sheriff's Office)
Contact Information:  On Duty Road Patrol Supervisor, or Lt. Bob Kirk 269-657-2006

Jun 2010

Incident No:  800233-10 photo plants 6-9-10
Incident Type:  Narcotics Search Warrant, Manufacture Marijuana, Possession of Cocaine
Date and Time:  June 9, 2010 at approx. 5:00 pm
  26458 76th Street, Covert Township, Van Buren County
20 year old male, Covert, MI 

Information:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office Jail Work Crew were in the Covert area cleaning out drains. The sheriff's deputy overseeing the work crew had come across some marijuana plants in a wooded area behind a house and turned the information over to the Van Buren County Narcotics Unit for investigation. 
     Narcotics detectives went to the location and found a small clearing in a wooded area behind a residence.  There, detectives observed a large quantity of Styrofoam cups containing several seedling-starter marijuana plants in each cup.  Narcotics detectives were able to obtain a search warrant for the residence and execute it.  In the grow behind the residence, detectives seized 725 seedling-starter marijuana plants, and found plastic one gallon containers used to water-fertilize the plants.  Detectives found plastic starter trays on the backside of the residence along with additional Styrofoam cups. 
     Inside the residence, detectives located approximately 1 gram of powder cocaine and a set of brass knuckles.  A mature marijuana plant can produce approximately $1000.00 worth of marijuana.
     This incident remains under investigation and no arrests have been made at this time.  Once completed, a copy of the report will be forwarded to the VBC Prosecutors office, requesting charges of Manufacturing Marijuana and Possession of Cocaine. 

Anyone with information can contact the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office at (269) 657-3101, Crime Stoppers 1-800-342-7867, Silent Observer (269) 343-2100 or your local Police Department.

Assisting Agencies:  Covert Twp Police Dept. assisted at the scene.
Investigating Officers:  Van Buren County Sheriffs Office Narcotics Unit.
Supervisor Contact:   Bryan R. Stump D/Lt., (269) 657-3101 Ext 208, email

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Mar 2010

Incident No:  10-800117
Incident Type:
 Narcotic’s Warrant Arrests & Search Warrant.
 March 24, 2010.
  Covert Township & City of Hartford, Van Buren County.

Information:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit, Covert Township Police Department, along with the DEA out of Grand Rapids Michigan have conducted a long term investigation into the sales and distribution of controlled substances in the Covert and Hartford communities.
     The investigations have resulted in the issuance of arrest warrants for the listed suspects. The investigations were for the sale and distribution of cocaine (“Rock”) and what was represented to be Heroin. Another suspect was indicted by the DEA a few weeks prior and is in Federal custody awaiting trial.
     A search warrant was also executed at 520 S Center Street Apt-B13, Hartford Michigan. This warrant was issued after the sale of cocaine from this location. Cocaine residue, small amount of marijuana, scales, and currency was seized from this apartment along with the arrest of BECKHAM.
     All of the arrested suspects were lodged in the Van Buren County Jail pending arraignment in the 7th District Court of Michigan. All of the suspects have multiple delivery cases pending court action.  

Pending Drug Charges:  The 23 year old female from the search warrant in Hartford was taken into custody for delivery of cocaine and possession of marijuana. Name withheld pending arraignment. 


1)  Teywon Terrell Beckham, age 27
Teywon Terrell Beckham

     (Hartford Search Warrant)
      520 S. Center Street, Hartford Michigan.
    One Count Delivery-Manufacture Cocaine
$10,000 cash


      Shondel Solomon Newell2) Shondel Solomon Newell, age 32


   One Count Imitation Manufacture or Distribution
$10,000 cash


3)   Charles Curtis Brown, age 58
Charles Curtis Brown

One Count Imitation Manufacture or Distribution
$3,000 cash


4)  David Carlton Hyler, age 54 David Carlton Hyler

   One Count Delivery/Manufacture Cocaine
                          $15,000 cash



5)   Simona Robin Smith, age 28Simona  Robin Smith

One Count Imitation Manufacture or Distribution
$10,000 cash


  Raymond Joseph Freeman, age 51,
Raymond Joseph Freeman    


One Count Delivery/Manufacture Cocaine
$25,000 cash



7)   Shaun Pierre GILL, age 39,
Shaun Pierre Gill


One Count Delivery/Manufacture Cocaine
$3,000 cash



Assisting Agencies:: Covert Township Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration, Grand Rapids MI, Van Buren County Uniform Response, Van Buren County Narcotic’s.

Anyone with information can contact the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office at (269) 657-3101, Crime Stoppers 1-800-342-7867, Silent Observer (269) 343-2100 or your local Police Department.

Contact:  On duty supervisor, Bryan R. Stump, D/Lieutenant, Office (269) 657-3101 x 208, Fax (269) 657-5160, Tri-Net Office (269) 657-8296, or via email.

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