MSP troopers find $1 million worth of cocaine scattered at crash scene after I-94 traffic stop

Three people were arrested, including a woman found hiding with a toddler in a swamp
drugs sized during I-94 traffic stop
Michigan State Police display drugs sized during an I-94 traffic stop. Photo credit Michigan State Police

MARSHALL, Mich. (WWJ) -- Michigan State Police are touting the seizure of 22 pounds of illegal drugs following a traffic stop, crash and manhunt in Calhoun County.

There were two adults and two small children in the car when Fifth District troopers pulled the driver over on westbound I-94 near the city of Marshall, last Wednesday, for a traffic violation.

When troopers spoke with the couple, they noted the man and woman were "displaying indicators of criminal activity."

Troopers asked for permission to search the vehicle, and although the male driver said yes he then sped away, with the woman and kids unrestrained in the car, police said.

Later, troopers arrived at the scene of a crash on Old US 27, north of I-94,to discover that the same car was involved.

All of the occupants were missing from the vehicle, police said.

What troopers did find was 22 pounds of cocaine outside of the vehicle, scattered from the crash.

A search began with officers and troopers from the Marshall Police Department, Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, the Marshall Post, and the Paw Paw Post converging on the scene to help.

An MSP K9 team was deployed and found the 27-year-old male driver, Daquane Wilson of New York, New York, hidden in an outbuilding with an infant.

Troopers also found 22-year-old Jadzia Cobeo of New York, New York, hiding in waist high swamp water, holding a toddler, police said.

A third sususpect, identified as 50-year-old Nedra Thompson of New York, New York, was also arrested.

No injuries were reported.

Wilson and Cobeo were arraigned the following day on charges of fleeing and eluding, resisting and obstructing, possession with intent to deliver over 1,000 grams of cocaine, and child abuse fourth degree. Thompson was arraigned on charges of possession with intent to deliver over 1,000 grams of cocaine and uttering and publishing counterfeit U.S. currency. Each of the suspects face up to life in prison and/or a $1,000,000 fine, if found guilty of the cocaine trafficking charges.

Det. Lieutenant Tim Blanksvard of the Southwest Enforcement Team (SWET) estimated that the street value of the cocaine seized is approximately $985,000, where cocaine is sold by the gram.

He added that, according to narcotics analysts and detectives, the current bulk price of cocaine by the kilo ranges between $28,000 and $30,000.

An investigation by MSP Fifth District troopers into this case is ongoing.