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Two plead guilty in drug bust

May 13, 2010
By Jenny Lancour

ESCANABA - Two of four men - arrested in connection with a drug bust in Escanaba last March - made pleas in Delta County Circuit Court Wednesday, each giving up their rights to a trial.

Deaudra Cornelus Tillmon, 18, of Detroit, pleaded guilty to possession of less than 25 grams of heroin, a four-year felony. Co-defendant Edwin Alberto Casio, 22, of Detroit, pleaded guilty to maintaining a drug house, a two-year high court misdemeanor.

The two suspects were arrested during a drug bust at a residence on the 400 block of South 17th Street in Escanaba on March 16. Police confiscated heroin, cocaine, marijuana and a large amount of cash.

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Edwin Alberto Casio

Two other arrests resulting from the search warrant were Calvin Lamar Sims, 23, of Detroit, and Levoan Tillmon, 34, of Escanaba. Sims was charged with delivery/manufacturing marijuana, a four-year felony. Levoan Tillmon was charged with maintaining a drug house. Both suspects are scheduled to make pleas in circuit court next week.

The four arrests were made by the Delta County Sheriff's Department. Agencies assisting in the drug bust were Escanaba Public Safety and the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET).

The drug bust was the result of a tip which led police to the Escanaba residence where a search warrant was executed. Officials confiscated a large amount of marijuana, 15 grams of heroin and a small amount of powder cocaine. The narcotics were packaged for resale with a street value of approximately $8,000.

Deaudra Tillmon was originally charged with delivery/manufacturing heroin, a seven-year felony. Casio was originally charged with possession of less than 25 grams of heroin, a four-year felony. These charges were dismissed by the prosecution in exchange for lesser charges which Deaudra Tillmon and Casio pleaded to on Wednesday.

During Deaudra Tillmon's plea hearing in the morning, he admitted to the court that he possessed heroin stored in a shoe box in the basement of his brother's home in Escanaba on March 16.

In exchange for the guilty plea on the heroin possession charge, Prosecutor Steve Parks said the delivery/manufacturing heroin charge would be dismissed. The prosecution also will not pursue any other charges against the defendant which allegedly occurred at two Escanaba residences, Parks added.

Deaudra Tillmon's attorney, Frank Stupak, requested the court consider granting his client the youthful trainee status at sentencing. Under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, an eligible defendant can have a charge cleared from their record after serving a sentence of probation, jail, or prison.

Stupak also presented a motion to have his client's bond revoked so he could begin serving time in jail today. Judge Stephen Davis revoked Deaudra Tillmon's bond and told him to report to the county jail by 8 p.m. His sentencing was set for June 22.

Casio told the court during his plea hearing Wednesday afternoon that he possessed heroin and marijuana in his belongings at the Escanaba home on March 16.

Parks said, in exchange for Casio's guilty plea on maintaining a drug house, the prosecution would dismiss the heroin possession charge and not pursue other drug-related charges in connection with two Escanaba residences.

At his client's request, defense attorney Russ Hall requested the judge allow Casio to return to jail as soon as possible. Davis revoked the defendant's bond and told him to report to jail by 8 p.m. that same day. Casio will be sentenced on June 22.

All four suspects had bonded out of Delta County Jail following their arrests. Sims is scheduled to make a plea in circuit court on Tuesday. Levoan Tillmon's plea is set for Wednesday.

A fifth person was arrested in connection with the case but charges were later dismissed in district court.

 
 

 

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