The Macomb County Drug Prosecution Unit consists of four attorneys, one investigator, and two secretaries, all part of a professional team who aggressively prosecute major drug dealers in conjunction with the County Of Macomb Enforcement Unit ( C.O.M.E.T.). The Drug Unit prides itself on vertical prosecution of cases from start to finish; pleas to the principal charge only; detailed trial preparation; and constant interaction with law enforcement officers during all phases of the investigation to provide the best legal advice and advocacy.
The unit emphasizes the prosecution of large-scale dealers, crack street sales, the targeting of traditional drug conspiracies, and civil forfeitures. While aggressive prosecution remains the primary focus, the unit joins with other office projects and agencies in promoting treatment for substance abusers and education for our youth. Only a comprehensive strategy will make our neighborhoods safer and drug-free.
This unit also has responsibility for civil forfeitures arising from assets of drug dealers. These assets are seized under law if they are the result of or directly connected to the manufacture or distribution of drugs. For fiscal 2004/2005, 44 forfeiture cases were opened with a total approximate value of $2,364,508.59. During this same period, 41 cases were closed with a value of $927,075.26 of drug related assets forfeited to local police departments.