Mesick Man Faces Felony Charges After International Drug Seizure

A Mesick man is facing felony charges in what police say was a scheme to sell Ecstasy that started overseas.

The Traverse Narcotics Team says Donald Fazenbaker was using the dark web and possibly crypto-currencies to order Ecstasy from overseas into the U.S. and eventually northern Michigan.

They say the drugs came from the Netherlands.

Fifty-one tablets, or 23 grams, were then seized at Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

The drug team says the Ecstasy was destined for Mesick.

They say the investigation revealed several shipments and seizures involving Fazenbaker over three years.

He is now charged with conspiracy to deliver and attempted possession of Ecstasy.

State police say the dark web makes it harder to investigate cases like these because it can keep people anonymous.

“We can’t maybe get all the information that we would be able to track a transaction. That doesn’t mean that all the other evidence isn’t still there. That doesn’t mean there isn’t other places we can look to gain information, it just means that that computerized track or bread crumb trail from one suspect to another might not be available,” said Lt. Travis House from the Michigan State Police.

The investigation involved the Traverse Narcotics Team, state police, as well as Homeland Security and Customs and Border protection.