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Missing Juror Deepens Mystery Surrounding Drug Kingpin, Accomplices

A juror who failed to show up about the same time three defendants in an epic metro Detroit drug trial disappeared has been ordered to appear in U.S. District Court on June 11.

A federal judge has ordered a juror who failed to show up in court in the final days of a drug kingpin's trial to explain his absence.
A federal judge has ordered a juror who failed to show up in court in the final days of a drug kingpin's trial to explain his absence.

The mystery surrounding the disappearance of the kingpin and two of his accomplices last month in an epic federal drug trial has deepened.

A juror disappeared at the same time as the defendants vanished, and the federal judge overseeing their trial wants to know if it’s a coincidence or if there’s a connection, The Detroit News reports.

The juror, David McIntosh, 48. of Detroit, didn’t attend closing arguments or the deliberations.

The case against drug dealers Carlos Powell, his brother, Eric Powell, and a friend, Earnest Proge, is described as one of the largest drug trials in metro Detroit history. A fourth defendant, former state Rep. Kenneth Daniels, did not flee.

The Powell brothers and Proge distinguished themselves throughout the two-week trial before U.S. District Judge Stephen Murphy by wearing fezzes with long tassels, headgear they said was in keeping with their religion as members of Moorish Science Temple of America.

The trial was the result of a years’ long investigation in which 66 pounds of heroin, 12 kilograms of cocaine, 1,000 pounds of marijuana and more than $21 million in cash were seized from Carlos Powell’s Macomb County home – a  cache largeenough to put the kingpin in a class among the most prolific drug dealers in metro Detroit history.

When agents raided the home, they found about $3 million in cash stashed in plain sight – for example,  at the tops of drawers, under the television and in the kitchen pantry. “It was almost as if he was running out of places to put the cash,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Louis Gabel said during opening statements.

As U.S. marshals continue a manhunt for the three defendants, Murphy has ordered the AWOL juror to appear in court June 11 to explain his absence.

All three should be considered armed and dangerous, prosecutors said.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the Powell brothers and Proge – who are considered armed and dangerous – is asked to call the U.S. Marshals Service at (313) 234-5656.


Scott Adams June 05, 2014 at 08:48 AM
Now that I think of it.....it's soooo obvious that these characters were incredible "flight risks" that one has to think they were given bail for an obvious reason. Either the judge was a blithering idiot or the feds are tailing them to nab even "higher ups."
Racer Boy June 05, 2014 at 09:49 AM
It's simply a case of Detroiter's (Judges) takin' care of Detroiter's (criminals)...happens every day in that City.
Bank2 June 05, 2014 at 11:58 AM
Too bad they did not have the trial in Macomb County the judge would of let them off.
Scott Adams June 05, 2014 at 12:34 PM
Racer Boy: You gotta sharpen your reading skills. The absconders weren't Detroiters. Did you go to Macomb County public schools?
Racer Boy June 05, 2014 at 04:06 PM
Detroit-based case. Technically only one of the three actually resided in Detroit. But I think you can do the math on where they did their business. Judge Stephen J Murphy United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse 231 W. Lafayette Blvd., Room 235 Detroit, MI 48226

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