Two Lexington men and six Michigan residents have been charged with heroin trafficking after arrests at the downtown Hyatt hotel, according to Lexington police and court records.
All eight were arrested at 8 p.m. Thursday at 401 West High Street. In addition to trafficking in a controlled substance, all were charged with unlawful transaction with a minor and possession of marijuana.
The Lexington residents charged were Khaaliq Owens, 36, and Brandon Pressley, 28.
Those charged from Michigan were Whitney Austin, 23; Glen McGowan, 28; Thomas Brown, 39; Michael Johnson, 40; and Anthony Johnson, 39, all of Battle Creek, and Emanyo Brown, 36, of Southfield, according to police records.
The eight pleaded not guilty at arraignments Friday. Preliminary hearings were scheduled for 8:30 a.m. July 19.
The bond was lowered from $35,000 to $20,000 for all eight except Michael Johnson. Johnson refused to comply with the judge's request to state his real name.
The Hyatt hotel on West High Street was unable to be reached for comment.
Morgan Eads: (859) 231-3335. Twitter: @heraldleader