Feds say Jackson man took baby to drug deal

Robert Snell
The Detroit News

Jackson — A man who took a baby to an undercover drug deal is behind bars.

Federal court records chronicle an unusual drug bust that could end up with three-time felon Martell Watkins of Jackson spending the rest of his life in prison if convicted of several crimes, including drug possession and felony firearm.

Watkins, 29, was charged after an undercover detective with a joint drug task force called the Jackson man to buy heroin April 28, records show.

Watkins told the detective to meet him at a party store in the 2200 block of Francis Street in Jackson. A surveillance team watched Watkins and three children leave his home and arrive at the party store, according to court records.

The undercover detective gave Watkins $120 for one gram of heroin and Watkins handed the detective a bag filled with a light blue chunky substance that later tested positive for heroin, according to court records.

As Watkins walked out of the party store carrying a 1-year-old child, investigators arrested him, and recovered the cash.

Watkins was charged Friday in federal court. A lawyer had not entered an appearance as of Monday afternoon.

After the bust, investigators raided the man’s home in Jackson.

They seized marijuana from a kitchen cupboard and the living room, according to court records. They also found a loaded .25-caliber pistol, ammunition and a .40-caliber magazine under a bed, records show.

Investigators asked his wife if she owned the gun.

“She replied by shaking her head ‘no,’ ” U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent Brian Beardsley wrote in the criminal complaint.

Investigators found more ammunition in another kitchen cupboard in a box containing children’s medication, records show.

Watkins has an extensive criminal record, including three heroin-related felonies dating to 2005, according to the special agent.


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