‘Cocaine mule’ on the run from Grand Rapids caught in Florida

Posted at 2:53 PM, Apr 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-27 16:06:02-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – One of West Michigan’s Most Wanted is finally in custody after several years on the run.

Larry Henton was arrested Wednesday by the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force near Orlando, Florida. The U.S. Marshals office in Grand Rapids say they had been looking for Henton since 2006.

Henton was known as a ‘cocaine mule’ running drugs in the Grand Rapids and Lansing areas. In a 2014 report, FOX 17 found that Henton had been arrested numerous times since he was 18.  He is currently in his 60s.

U.S. Marshals in Grand Rapids determined that Henton was using a fake ID in the name of a family member and was living in Deland, Florida.  Florida officers began watching the residence intermittently over several weeks and recently saw Henton drive up and enter the home.  Officers tried to make contact with him, but he refused to let them in.  After forcing their way in, Henton was taken into custody without incident.  Officers say Henton initially denied his identity, but admitted it while on the way to the federal courthouse in Orlando.

Henton is appearing in federal court in Orlando Wednesday.  He faces several Michigan drug charges in Allegan County when he is extradited.