Macomb Judicial Candidate Caught in Cocaine Case
June 22nd, 2018, 4:25 PM
Paul Zyburski, running for a 39th District Court judgeship in Macomb County, surely will have a tough time getting elected after this.
Federal authorities Thursday unsealed a court document charging the 57-year-old veteran criminal defense attorney with using a communication facility to facilitate drug trafficking crimes, Robert Snell of The Detroit News reports. He's scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.
The charges stem from a wiretap and other evidence. According to a court affidavidt, Zyburski allegedly sent texts for the purpose of purchasing cocaine for himself and others.
“Right now, these are only allegations. We are going to conduct a thorough investigation,” defense lawyer Joseph Arnone tells The News. “He is going to maintain his innocence and the presumption of innocence that he is entitled to.”
Zyburski became embroiled in the drug case last fall after the FBI's Macomb County Gang and Violent Crime Task Force started tapping the phone of accused drug dealer, and A&A Dynasty party bus operator Antonio Lewis, 53, of St. Clair Shores.
Lewis was identified by investigators as distributing cocaine across Macomb County, typically packs of 1.2 grams that he would sell on or near the party bus, according to federal court records. He was indicted on drug conspiracy and other charges in May alongside a third man, Demetrius Alderson.