SWET Press Release



On Tuesday June 2, 2020 members of the Southwest Enforcement Team, Berrien County Sheriff Department Road Patrol, and Benton Harbor Public Safety conducted an arrest operation in Benton Township  


William Henry Harden (46) was arrested following a four-month investigation into the distribution of crack cocaine in the Benton Township and Benton Harbor City areas.  As a result of this operation S.W.E.T detectives seized approximately a quarter ounce of crack cocaine and over an ounce in crystal meth.  During the operation on June 2, 2020, Harden was arrested in the Benton Township business district for selling crack cocaine.  Harden attempted to flee the arrest but was apprehended after a foot chase pursued.  Following the arrest of Harden, detectives searched Harden hotel room and located addition narcotics, and other evidence related to drug trafficking.    


William Harden was lodged in Berrien County Jail on the following charge.

  1. Delivery of crack cocaine 2nd – 6 counts
  2. Possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine 2nd
  3. Possession with intent to deliver crystal meth 2nd
  4. Resisting and Obstructing Police  




The Southwest Enforcement Team (S.W.E.T) is comprised of sworn law enforcement personnel from the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office, Allegan Police Department, Allegan County Sheriff’s Office, Barry County Sheriff’s Office, Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, Covert Township Police Department, Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office, Kalamazoo Township Police Department, Michigan State Police, South Haven Police Department, Saint Joseph County Sheriff’s Office, and Sturgis Police Department.


SWET is funded in part by the Michigan HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) as well as the U.S. Department of Justice, Byrne JAG grant.


“This project was supported by Byrne JAG grant #2013-MU-BX0051 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and administered by the Michigan State Police (MSP).  Points of view or opinions contained within this document do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the MSP or DOJ”

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