Police: Shoplifting case leads to drug bust, 3 arrests

Posted at 4:17 PM, Nov 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-20 16:49:14-05

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. — Three people were arrested Friday after police say a shoplifting incident led officers to drugs and a stolen gun.

South Haven Police say two men stole liquor from Meijer and were stopped in the parking lot.   A third suspect was found in a vehicle outside the store.

According to a release, investigators found a “substantial” amount of crack cocaine and marijuana in the suspects’ possession.

Officials later searched a vehicle and hotel room connected with the suspects and found a stolen handgun and more marijuana, according to a release.  They also found an unregistered handgun during the search.

The suspects were arrested on charges of organized retail fraud, possession with intent to deliver cocaine, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, felon in possession of a firearm and felony firearms.  They will be identified pending formal arraignment.