Men charged with distributing $115K worth of cocaine, heroin out of Royal Oak Airbnb

Posted at 1:02 PM, Feb 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-22 18:08:14-05

Three men are facing federal charges for allegedly distributing drugs out of an Airbnb in Royal Oak.

According to a criminal complaint, Jesus Salvador Guerrero-Macias, Ruben Alvarez and Javier Alejandro Avila-Monge are charged with possession with intent to distribute controlled substances and conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with the intent to distribute.

The complaint says that DEA agents became aware of possible criminal activity at the home on Maple St. in Royal Oak on Wednesday.

The went to the upper level to search and eventually found about one kilogram of heroin and one kilogram of cocaine inside a FedEx box. They also found documents including a receipt from packing materials from FedEx in Roseville and receipts that showed shipments from one Detroit address and two other addresses to Long Beach, Calif. 

Eventually, agents discovered that the three men rented the home through Airbnb and had been there for a few days.

Agents valued the price of the drugs at around $115,000 and could be subdivided into saleable units that could increase the value by over 50 percent.

Airbnb Spokesman Jeff Henry released the following statement:

There have been over 300 million guest arrivals in Airbnb listings to date and negative incidents like this are incredibly rare. We have zero tolerance for this type of behavior, we have permanently banned these individuals from our platform and we are fully supporting our host under the Airbnb Host Guarantee program. Our team is also reaching out to law enforcement to offer them our assistance with their investigation. The safety of our community is our priority.