Two Michigan Men Caught Smuggling Large Amounts of Fentanyl at Midway

By James R. Scott, The Chicago Times

May 4, 2023

CHICAGO – Two men were taken into custody on Tuesday after they were caught with 44 pounds of fentanyl in their checked luggage. 

According to the US Drug Enforcement Administration, 26-year-old Jamire Holingshed and 24-year-old Robert Lewis, both of Detroit, Michigan, have been under investigation since their trip from Los Angeles to Midway on April 13.

Jamire Holingshed and Robert Lewis. Photo: Chicago Police.

The DEA discovered that the pair would be making the same flight on Tuesday and intercepted their checked bags upon arrival at Midway around 6 pm.  With help from the Cook County Sheriff’s K9 unit, it was discovered that luggage allegedly owned by the two men contained 10 one-kilo bricks of fentanyl wrapped in green plastic concealed in clothing.  It is alleged that the two men gave investigators permission to search their luggage.

Investigators claim the two men denied knowing each other and the narcotics discovered in their alleged luggage.  Holingshed went so far as to say that he was paid to bring the luggage to Chicago.

Both men have been charged with manufacturing and delivering more than 900 grams of fentanyl. Bail was set for each suspect at $1,555,500.