Trio of Greenville drug dealers/users locked up

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 12:06 am on Saturday, June 16, 2012

Jason Nichols

Carrie Ross

Shane Zoerman

GREENVILLE — A trio of drug dealers/users are off the streets of Greenville.

Jason Nichols, 25, was convicted by a Montcalm County jury this week of possession of marijuana second offense, maintaining a drug house and being a habitual offender.

The Greenville Department of Public Safety received a silent observer tip about drugs being sold at a house in Greenville. Upon interviewing a suspect at that house, police learned the suspect purchased drugs from Nichols at the Flat River Inn & Suites in Greenville.

Police obtained a search warrant for a room Nichols was renting at the Inn last August. He was not present, but Carrie Ross, 27, and Shane Zoerman, 26, were both in the room, along with Nichols’ backpack containing drugs.

Ross and Zoerman were both arrested and charged with drug-related crimes. Ross pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine. She was sentenced to eight months in the Montcalm County Jail. Zoerman pleaded guilty to delivery and manufacturing marijuana. He was sentenced to from 14 months to four years in prison.

Nichols was eventually arrested and charged. His case went to trial on Tuesday. Ross and Zoerman both testified against Nichols at the trial before the jury unanimously convicted him. He faces up to three years in prison when he is sentenced at a later date.

“This was a joint effort by the Greenville Department of Public Safety and the Central Michigan Enforcement Team to clean up Greenville,” said Montcalm County Prosecutor Andrea Krause. “It is nice to get a known drug dealer off the street.”

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