Police: Major heroin dealer, child abuser arrested

September 7, 2018

SSCENT detectives have reported that a top heroin dealer in the Ludington area is off the streets.

On Aug. 17, SSCENT detectives arrested David Ramone Wilson, 46, 519 McLaughlin Ave., Muskegon.

Wilson was arraigned on controlled substance delivery/manufacturing of methamphetamine, possession with intent to deliver heroin and possession with intent to deliver cocaine, habitual offender fourth offense.

His bond for those charges was set at $25,000 cash, which he met and was released from jail until a probable cause hearing set for Sept. 12.

According to SSCENT Commander Wesley Smith, Wilson was found by detectives in the area of Delia and Foster streets on that day. When Wilson was approached by police, he fled.

Smith said Wilson began to throw drugs he had on his person at police until they captured and arrested him.

Smith said 1.5 grams of cocaine; 3 grams of crack cocaine, 8.7 grams of methamphetamine and 2.6 grams of heroin was recovered from Wilson during the incident.

“We are comfortable saying he is the No. 1 heroin supplier for the Ludington area,” said Smith.

Smith said SSCENT has been investigating Wilson for a prolonged period of time and tips and information from the community helped with the investigation.

“He’s been a real problem in this community for quite some time and it’s a real positive thing to get people like him off the streets,” said Smith.

Smith said it was a collaborative effort between multiple agencies as well as the Mason County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit.

“He’s from the Muskegon area, so it’s coming from there. We will aggressively investigate those type of people,” said Smith. “With the heroin and opioid epidemic at the forefront of everyone’s mind, we are committed to investigating those cases.”

While out on bond, Wilson was arrested on Aug. 29 on an outstanding warrant by the Ludington Police Department in front of the Mason County Courthouse.

He has also been arraigned on those charges which are assault with intent to do great bodily harm, three counts of child abuse second degree, felonious assault and domestic violence, habitual offender fourth offense. Bond for those charges is set for $500,000 cash and a probable cause hearing is set for the same day as the other charges on Sept. 12.

Police began investigating Wilson for child abuse reports after Aug. 10.

According to the Ludington Police Department, three children were reported as being abused in the 400 block of South Washington Avenue earlier this month.

The children are an 8-year-old boy, a 1-year-old girl and a 3-year-old girl who are reported as the children of a 36-year-old Ludington woman that Wilson was in a relationship with, according to police.

According to police, the 8-year-old boy was reported as being transported by his father to a hospital in his place of residency in Holland for injuries to his hands, legs and stomach.

The two girls had injuries to their hands, fingers and legs, but did not require medical attention, according to what the mother of the children told police.

The woman also reported that Wilson tried to smother her with a pillow and punched her in the ribs, according to the report she provided to police.

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