Federal agents target metro Detroit homes, businesses in medical marijuana raids

Medical marijuana dispensaries. A strip joint. A restaurant. A prominent business owner’s home.

These were among the sites raided by federal agents Tuesday.

Among the targets of the daylong raids: Caregivers of America, marijuana facilities in Walled Lake and Novi; Bayside Sports Grille in Walled Lake, and Coliseum Bar & Grill strip club on 8 Mile in Detroit.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents also raided the Commerce Township home of businessman Romel Casab, who said in a lawsuit last year that he is an owner of the dilapidated Packard plant in Detroit. Agents also raided the home of a Walled Lake businessman.

Casab has corporate ties to the Caregivers of America facilities, one of which lists him as its registered agent. The Walled Lake man is listed as the incorporator of the Detroit strip club that was raided, according to state records.

Neighbors say they saw two cars taken by agents at Casab’s home early Tuesday, including a convertible. A woman at the Commerce Township home declined to talk to a Free Press reporter.

Calls and messages sent to Caregivers of America, Casab and the Walled Lake man were not returned.

Some of the agents with the DEA were working undercover and used cloths or ski masks to cover their faces while conducting the raids.

Few details were released by the DEA on Tuesday. The agency would not say whether the raids were connected or what the raids were about.

“It sounds like there’s much more to it than medical marijuana,” attorney Michael Komorn, president of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Association, said of the raids.

Komorn cited, for example, recent federal raids in Montana, where, he said, agents discovered guns, loads of cash and medical marijuana in excess of what the law allows.

“The combination of plants, guns and a lot of money is what the federal government is tuned into,” said Komorn, who said he fears the raids put a black eye on the medical marijuana community.

Grosse Pointe Park attorney Timothy Dinan, who also represents medical marijuana dispensaries, agreed.

“For the people who are trying to do this legally, this is another black eye,” Dinan said.

via : Detroit Free Press

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