Police carry out marijuana raids in Tuscola, Sanilac and St. Clair counties

Authorities searched five locations in Tuscola, Sanilac and St. Clair counties Friday allegedly involved in the illegal trafficking of marijuana. Controlled substances, records and money were among property seized at buildings in Denmark, Worth and Kimball townships, according to a news release from Tuscola County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Reene. The raids were part of a yearlong and ongoing investigation into multiple violations of Michigan’s Controlled Substances Act. The Drug Enforcement Administration assisted the investigation.

In Kimball Township, the Blue Water Compassion Center, 4731 Lapeer Road, Unit D2, and a private residence on Allen Road were searched, St. Clair County Prosecutor Mike Wendling said. Search warrants were issued by the Tuscola County Prosecutor’s Office, Wendling said. The Thumb Narcotics Unit, Michigan State Police, Flint Area Narcotics Group, Denmark Township Police Department and Tuscola County Sheriff Department participated in the searches. The St. Clair County Sheriff Department Drug Task Force helped execute the warrants in Kimball Township, Wendling said.

He did not know if any arrests were made. Mark Sochacki, manager of the Blue Water Compassion Center in Kimball Township, said authorities raided his workplace, as well as Blue Water Compassion Centers in Denmark Township in Tuscola County and Worth Township in Sanilac County. Police confiscated marijuana and marijuana-laced tinctures, topical oils, capsules, and medicated edibles, Sochacki said. Patient files, money and toys donated to Toys for Tots also were taken, he said.

The three centers are owned by Jim and Debra Amsdill, Sochacki said. Combined, the centers have about 26 staff and roughly 3,500 members, Sochacki said. Some patients have ailments such as cancer or multiple sclerosis, he said. “We’re just trying to do some good,” he said. “… (We’re) trying to make a difference in people’s lives.” Sochacki said he was shocked by the raid. “We follow strict guidelines,” he said. “… We’ve turned people away.”

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