Local and federal law enforcers on Friday raided five locations accused of operating illegal marijuana dispensaries in Macomb County homes and businesses, making at least four arrests.
The raids were headed up by the Shelby Township Police Department, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and other law enforcement agencies.
“Today is the culmination of several months of investigation resulting in multiple search warrant executions,” said Shelby Township Police Chief Robert Shelide.
“With cooperation from our federal partners in the DEA, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies, we were able to rid this community of the harmful effects of a few individuals who attempted to circumnavigate the law to peddle marijuana to our residents.”
According to Shelide, four of the suspects arrested during the raids were affiliated with Advance Medical Supply, a facility located at 51310 Van Dyke near 23 Mile Road.
“We have made several undercover buys at this location of illegal products, including Wax, Shatter, and Illegal Edibles, along with marijuana,” the chief said.
Shelide said evidence against the suspects arrested at the Shelby Township business, as well as narcotics, documentation, proceeds, and other evidence taken from four residential locations in Roseville, Shelby Township and Sterling Heights will be turned over to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office for review of charges.
“We want to make it clear to every resident of southeast Michigan that running an illegal dispenser in Shelby Township will never be accepted,” Shelide said. “I can confidently say that the overwhelming majority of Shelby Township residents don’t want this in our community, and we will eradicate it as quickly as it pops up.”
Detroit DEA Special Agent Richard Isaacson declined to comment on the raids. “This is a Shelby Township investigation and we do not comment on other department’s investigations. But we were happy to assist them,” he said.