The Kalamazoo Metro SWAT Team, along with local police, raided a Kalamazoo home on Feb. 21 and found drugs and firearms, among other items. In executing a search warrant, authorities found drugs, including 14 baggies of crack cocaine and 27 baggies of marijuana, all packaged for sale.
A tip led police to investigate a barn for possible marijuana cultivation in Covert Township, less than an hour outside Kalamazoo. The tip proved correct, as the Feb. 13 drug raid resulted in 27 marijuana plants seized.
Acting on a tip, officers from the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit obtained a search warrant and raided a home. The raid took place in Gobles on Dec. 18. It resulted in the seizure of a pound of marijuana.
In western Michigan, just over an hour from Kalamazoo, a man was pulled over by police for driving with no working taillights. After stopping the man, authorities found more than one gram of marijuana and 21 pills inside the vehicle. Police also found a scale, which they claim was used for weighing drugs.
A 32-year-old man was arrested in his home for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver after a drug bust in Berrien County, Michigan. A 22-year-old woman also inside the home was arrested on a warrant for drug possession. The man is currently in jail awaiting his arraignment and the woman posted bond while awaiting her arraignment.
A recent crackdown in Kalamazoo, Michigan, has led to multiple arrests. Police arrested several people over a three-day period for drug-related crimes, including several marijuana-related charges. None of the people charged have been convicted yet, and many of them will likely fight their charges.
In a lawsuit that has received national attention, a cancer patient was terminated from his position at Walmart in Battle Creek. The man is appealing the federal district court's dismissal of his wrongful termination claim related to his lawful possession and use of marijuana.
Over 30 grams of marijuana were found recently in the vehicle of two men who attempted to flee from police in Van Buren County, Michigan. In addition, police found equipment for processing and selling marijuana in their vehicle. Both men were arrested and booked at the Van Buren County Jail. The driver told police he attempted to flee because he had a large quantity of marijuana and did not have a driver's license.
Two men were recently arrested by federal agents for allegedly transporting 200 pounds of marijuana in a twin-engine Cessna aircraft to the Oakland County Airport in Pontiac, Michigan. The men were caught apparently because they had made several prior trips between the two cities.
The Drug Enforcement Agency is being petitioned by several states to reclassify marijuana to a less-restrictive class of drugs. This could have an impact on people in Michigan who are accused of crimes related to marijuana cultivation, distribution or use, particularly those who use it for medicinal purposes.