Man on probation charged with three drug offenses; faces life in prison

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - A Grand Rapids man on probation for a 2016 cocaine offense is back behind bars, charged with drug felonies that could put him in prison for life.

Michael Osborne Thomas, 31, is charged with delivery/manufacture of more than 1,000 grams (about 2.2 pounds) of both heroin and cocaine, according to records in 63rd District Court. The felony offenses are punishable by up to life in prison. He also faces a 20-year felony charge for delivery/manufacture of methamphetamine.

Bond was set at $1 million.

Thomas has a probable cause hearing set for Wednesday, June 7. He has seven prior convictions, five involving drugs, dating back to 2006.

He was sentenced to three years’ probation in February for possession of cocaine stemming from an Aug.  2016 arrest at Eastern Avenue and Wealthy Street SE. In exchange for a plea, prosecutors dropped a second charge of possession of heroin.

His most recent troubles unfolded two weeks ago when Kent County probation/parole agents, accompanied by a state police drug task force, went looking for him on a home check, court records show. 

Officers caught up with Thomas at the Motel 6 on 28th Street east of Patterson Avenue SE. Officers from the Metropolitan Enforcement Team met Thomas at the door and said they wanted to speak with him, court records show.

Thomas reached into his pocket and threw a baggie of suspected cocaine onto the ground, court records show.

A search of the room turned up suspected heroin, methamphetamine, small clear plastic bags, a cocaine press, cutting agents, a digital scale and $1,020 in cash, court records show.

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