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    Feds raid Book Cadillac hotel in Detroit as part of alleged opioid scheme

    Detroit — Federal authorities raided the Westin Book Cadillac hotel Wednesday as part of an investigation into an opioid distribution scheme prosecutors said put almost $1 million worth of prescription drugs onto the streets.

    Detroit residents Dangelo Terrell Stephens, 38, and Latasha Maria Neely, 38, are accused of recruiting patients and bringing their information to clinics, including Tranquility Wellness Center, where providers would write prescriptions in exchange for cash, the U.S. Department of Justice said in an indictment unveiled  Wednesday. 

    Stephens lives at the Book Cadillac. His apartment was raided Wednesday. 

    Three Tranquility employees, Janeice Minique Burrell, Angelo Martese Smith and Lawrence Mark Sherman, are accused of distributing millions of dollars worth of controlled substances in a related indictment. Tranquility operated in Dearborn and St. Clair Shores. 

    Once the unlawful prescriptions were written, pharmacy technician Hassan Samir Saad, 33, and Ali Hussein Keblawi, 26, both of Dearborn, knowingly filled them at Heritage Medical Pharmacy in Redford where they work, prosecutors allege.

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