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Six people face criminal charges following a drug bust at Detroit Metro Airport last weekend, and are believed to be involved in a cocaine trafficking operation with ties to Oakland County and Arizona.

The arrests resulted from an investigation that included intercepted phone calls about alleged drug trafficking and GPS data collection by authorities, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Three of the defendants — Anthony Carrencjie, Carl Hardwick and Carrie Burks — were arrested at the airport July 7 after approximately 13.4 grams of cocaine was found in their luggage, the complaint states. Also arrested at the airport that day were David Matlock who had several cell phones in his possession, and Nikita Brackett, who was driving a car registered to Matlock and is believed to have been there to pick up the others, according to the complaint.

The sixth co-defendant, Kwana Spears, is tied to the case via surveilled phone conversations between her and Matlock, where they discuss buying cocaine and bringing it back to the Detroit area, the complaint states. Authorities say cocaine was found in her checked luggage in April at the airport following a return flight.

Search warrants were executed at three Oakland County houses in connection with the case, where drugs, handguns and other evidence was seized, according to the complaint. Two of them are in West Bloomfield — on the 7000 block of Sadsbury Drive and on the 6000 block of Kindling Court — and the other is in Oak Park on the 24000 block of Rosewood, according to the complaint, where Spears was arrested

Detention hearings are July 11 for Hardwick, Burks, Carrencjie and Brackett. Matlock and Spears have hearings Friday.

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Aileen Wingblad is a multimedia journalist for The Oakland Press. Reach her at awingblad@medianewsgroup.com

This article originally ran on theoaklandpress.com.

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