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      Detroit man sentenced for leading drug trafficking ring into Northern Michigan

      The Traverse Narcotics team says Bowns and his accomplices sold about $7,000 worth of heroin in Northern Michigan every week for two years.

      A Detroit man will spend anywhere from two to twenty years in prison for leading a drug trafficking operation from Detroit into Wexford County.

      James Randolf-Henry Bowens was sentenced Monday for heroin delivery.

      The Traverse Narcotics team started investigating the operation two years ago. They found that Jeremy and James Bowens were leaders in a drug trafficking ring that went from Detroit and Ohio to Cadillac.

      James Bowens' brother, Jeremy, was convicted on several drug charges in June 2013.

      Investigators believe Bowens and his accomplices moved about 40 to 50 grams of heroin into Northern Michigan every week. The drug was broken down and resold for about $20 per package to residents in Cadillac and Wexford County.

      They say about $7,000 to $8,000 of heroin was being sold in that area every week for two years.