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Gaylord man arrested for selling suspected heroin, fentanyl

February 22, 2019

A 34-year-old Gaylord man suspected of supplying heroin to undercover officers in Ludington has been arrested by SSCENT officers, according to a report from the Michigan State Police.

The man, Anthony Joseph Brock, was arrested on Tuesday, Feb. 12, on a warrant issued by the Mason County Prosecutor’s Office. The arrest was the result of a six-month investigation initiated by SSCENT in 2018.

In June 2018, Brock allegedly sold suspected heroin to undercover officers in the city of Ludington.

The Michigan State Police Forensic Laboratory subsequently analyzed the suspected heroin and determined it to be pure fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that police say can be up to 50 times stronger than heroin itself.

According to data just released from the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC), 1,911 opioid deaths occurred in Michigan in 2017. SHADAC reports that for every 100,000 people in Michigan, there are 8.2 deaths attributed to heroin and 14.4 deaths attributed to synthetic opioids like fentanyl.

Brock was charged with one count of delivery/manufacture of cocaine, heroin or another narcotic, habitual offender, fourth offense.

Brock is incarcerated within the Michigan Department of Corrections system. He was video arraigned in the 79th District Court in Ludington on Feb. 12. The bond on the charges was set at $15,000 cash/surety.

Brock is scheduled to be back in court at 3 p.m. on Feb. 27. Prosecution is being handled by the Mason County Prosecutor’s Office.