A man who fled town after police found $203,000 and a kilo of cocaine during a raid at his Grand Rapids apartment pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal drug charge.
Christopher May-Shaw admitted to his role in a heroin and cocaine conspiracy that got underway in the summer of 2014 and ended in Feb. 2016 when police raided his apartment on the city’s Southeast Side.
Drugs and cash were found in the apartment and inside a BMW registered in May-Shaw's name.
He was indicted on a federal drug charge involving multiple pounds of cocaine and an unspecified amount of heroin. May-Shaw pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and heroin.
In exchange for his plea in U.S. District Court, four other charges will be dismissed.
May-Shaw, 36, is facing a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum term of life. Sentencing has been scheduled for mid-July.
He was arrested in Brooklyn, New York and returned to Grand Rapids in August to face federal drug charges stemming from a Feb. 18, 2016 raid at an apartment May-Shaw shared with his girlfriend.
The raid on Norman Drive north of 44th Street SE netted Grand Rapids police more than two pounds of cocaine along with heroin, marijuana and $203,000 in cash.
A Kent County Circuit Court judge last fall sentenced him to between eight and 12 years in prison for two marijuana convictions. Both involve traffic stops.
The first one occurred in Jan. 2015 on Charlesgate Avenue at 26th Street SW in Wyoming. Wyoming police found a digital scale, marijuana and about $2,000 in cash, court records show.
The second traffic stop played out at Fuller Avenue and East Fulton Street in Grand Rapids in April, 2015.
He was charged with delivery/manufacture of marijuana in both cases. Although the charge is punishable by up to four years in prison, May-Shaw faced additional time because of his prior convictions.
He has a 2003 federal weapons conviction for a drug raid at an apartment complex in Gaines Township that netted three firearms and marijuana. He was sentenced to prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. He also has prior convictions for attempted resisting and opposing police, delivery/manufacture of cocaine and possession of marijuana.
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