2007-10-18 / News

Alleged dealer arraigned in case involving pregnant smuggler

Three Lincoln Park residents appeared in 83rd District Court, Roscommon, Monday on charges stemming from an incident in which a pregnant woman allegedly concealed 44 grams of cocaine in her body.

Taurus L. McBride, 38, demanded preliminary examination on two counts of delivery or manufacture of less than 50 grams of a controlled substance. Judge Daniel L. Sutton set bond at $100,000. Cynthia A. Gosciciki and Christopher R. Richardson, both 21, each waived preliminary examination and were bound over to 34th Circuit Court, where they pleaded guilty to possession of less than 50 grams of cocaine. Charges of delivery or manufacture of less than 50 grams of cocaine, obstruction of juctise and being an accessory after the fact felony were dsmissed. Bond for Gosciciki and Richardson remains at at $20,000 each. They will be sentenced later.

Roscommon County Sheriff's deputies arreseted Gosciciki and Richardson after a traffic stop near a building suspected of being the scene of drug transactions. When deputies asked Gosciciki if she had anything hidden in her body, she at first denied it, but then said she had concealed cocaine, but it did not belong to her. She told deputies she had been struggling financially, and a Lincoln Park man she later identified from a photo line-up as McBride helped find her a place to stay. She said the man asked her and Richardson to come north with him.

In separate interviews, Gosciciki and Richardson both denied using or selling cocaine. They said the suspected dealer asked Gosciciki to conceal the cocaine and take it home because police were looking for him. They said McBride told her police would not check her because she was seven months pregnant.

Gosciciki was taken to a Roscommon clinic, where two plastic bags of suspected cocaine were found in her clothing and one was removed from her body.

In other drug cases, Daniel A. Butt, 42, Houghton Lake, waived preliminary examination and was bound over to Circuit Court on two counts of delivery or manufacture of less than 50 grams of a controlled substance, second offense. The sheriff's department charges him with a Sept. 28 offense. Sutton set bond at $50,000.

Danny W. Morrison, 36, waived preliminary examintion and was bound over to Circuit Court on a charge of delivery or manufacture of less than 50 grams of a controlled substance. The Strike Team Investigative Narcotics Group accuses him of a June 18 crime. His bond is $25,000.

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