BATTLE CREEK, MICH. - A man and woman could face life in prison after being arrested with cocaine on Tuesday.
As part of an ongoing drug-delivery investigation, Battle Creek police said they stopped a car at 9:55 p.m. on westbound I-94 at the Helmer Road exit and found 4.8 pounds of cocaine in the rental car.
Officers said the driver of the car was speeding and following too closely behind a semi when officers made the traffic stop.
Police said the hands of the driver, Ryan Lane, 33, of South Padre Island, Texas, were shaking as he was talking with officers and his passenger, Jakeyla Haynes, 34, of Albion, had difficulty finding any identification. Calhoun County Prosecutor David Gilbert said Lane is from Battle Creek and has been living in Texas for the last five years.
Lane told officers he and his cousin, whose name he had trouble recalling, had driven two days from south Texas, but she told officers he had just driven to Detroit Metro Airport to pick her up earlier in the evening.
Officers used a department dog trained to sniff for drugs and said they found three packages of suspected cocaine in the back of the passenger seat. A preliminary test showed the white powder was cocaine.
Both Lane and Haynes were arrested and on Wednesday appeared for arraignment in Calhoun County District Court on charges of possession with intent to deliver more than 1,000 grams of cocaine. Both face up to life in prison if convicted.
Battle Creek police said they expect federal charges to be filed and the case moved to the U.S. District Court.
Gilbert said Lane has two pending cases, including one involving money laundering, in Texas.
Magistrate David Heiss ordered Lane held on $500,000 cash bond and Haynes on $50,000 cash bond.
Both said they would retain their own attorneys and both are scheduled to appear for preliminary examinations on Dec. 14.
Michigan State Police assisted in the investigation.
Battle Creek Enquirer