Medical Marijuana Grow Operation Targeted; Woman Detained Speaks to FOX 17

KENT COUNTY, Mich. (March 6, 2014) — A raid on a Grand Rapids Township home shut down part of the neighborhood Wednesday morning.

For 3 and a half hours, there was a strong presence by law enforcement on Dean Lake Avenue near 3 Mile Road.

That presence was a concerning sight for neighbors and anyone passing by, as many people reached out to FOX 17 and wondered what was going on. Police said a “strong tip” led them to execute a search warrant at a home on the 3000 block of Dean Lake.

That house contains a marijuana grow operation.

A person believed to be inside the home at the time has outstanding warrants. Today, FOX 17 visited the home to check in with the homeowner to find out what went down.

She agreed to talk to us on the condition we conceal her identity.

“They came at my door at seven in the morning yesterday, pounding on the door, screaming ‘search warrant, search warrant,’” the homeowner said.

She said she’s a caregiver for three medical marijuana patients, and she’s a patient herself. She said she suffers from several illnesses. The woman showed FOX 17 her cards and all the dates are current.

Wednesday morning, investigators said they detained her and placed her in the back of a cruiser as a suspect. Meantime, they sent a robot into her home to search for a second person.

“They were screaming at me about this guy that was here, who was not here, and kept telling me, screaming at me, telling me I was lying,” she said.

However, that part of her story doesn’t fit with what the Kent County undersheriff had to say.

“One of our suspects came out willingly. The other one went and hid in the house somewhere. We don’t know where,” Undersheriff Jon Hess said.

Hess said the Kent Area Narcotics Enforcement Team (KANET) was behind the raid.

“We believe it was a medical marijuana grower that had exceeded the number of plants that was allowable by law,” Hess explained.

By state law, she can have up to 12 plants per patient. There are four patients, including herself. So she can have up to 48 plants.

“I never carry the full 48. I think I probably have 40 or under. I’m always within count,” she said.

However, it’s apparent that law enforcement believes otherwise. The homeowner is upset that so many agencies showed up to her home and wondered why that level of force was used on a marijuana grow operation.

Hess said the Michigan State Police robot had trouble navigating the home and couldn’t find the man inside. An officer hadn’t gone inside.

“So we had to make a decision whether it was safe enough for the officers and for everyone, and really worth going inside now. We determined it was not a safe situation and left without going in and actually seeing what kind of operation was going on,” Hess said.

The woman would not show us her plants. She said she is following the law. She has no criminal background.

She acknowledges that she does know the guy that detectives are looking for, but she would not say who he is. The sheriff’s department continues to investigate.

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19 comments

  • scott

    What's going on up there in Michigan? Cops deemed it too dangerous and went home? WTF? Do the police truly believe that's a better line than, "Our information was incorrect and the suspect was not found, though he had been there." That's what I would have said. But I'm from California.

  • Doctor love.

    Well if the nazi pigs followed the rules they would know that since she is a care giver they have the right to check her mmj grow once a year with out a warrant. That is written in the law. But none of the pigs bother to know the laws around here either mmj or other laws. It’s here to stay except it and move on. I hate seeing my hard earned tax $$$ going to waste as my car wheels are being destroyed by the roads as I am out working hard to give them more tax $$$ to waste.

    • Chris

      Ummm, that is 100% completely false. Visit the state's medical marijuana to read the law for yourself. There is absolutely no inspection provision (nor should there be.)

    • guest

      You're an idiot, that is NOT written into the law, in any respect. While I support your hatred of police abuse, but you fail to grasp the full extent of it; they're NEVER allowed to inspect your grow, any more than they're allowed to inspect whether you take your cholesterol medication as directed, or anything else. They merely knew this poor woman was an MMMP patient, and used it as an excuse to have a ton of cops get to put on their scary black armor, brandish machine guns, and try to threaten and intimidate an old, sick woman into giving them the opportunity to manufacture charges against her. They're to cowardly to go fight real crime, so instead like to play SWAT-dress up games, and pretend they're the cops they probably idolized as children, without any of the risk.

  • tracyd112

    I think they are on to something but want to wait I don not believe the story is over. I mean what is this home set up the way the Big drug dealer they just nabbed had tunnels under it or what. I have never heard of them leaving without searching especially if their is a criminal that they know is inside the home and has warrants come on. That or they just plain messed up.On the other hand from the sound of the woman I do not believe she is the one growing the pot I believe she is a front for someone else.

    • YOUR A FOOL

      I think you have no clue and maybe someday the cops will bring the bomb squad to your home in front of your children and neighbors and then please come back and tell use how they made a mistake and came to the wrong house and how you think they MAY BE ONTO SOMETHING, Really you think that's why they just left LOL get a CLue about life and the Warrior Cops !!!

      • tracyd112

        I have been raided 3 times in the past and they never left without tearing the place up so I dont know what you are talking about and every-time they have tore the place up and left it a mess they just dont show up and say oh are mistake. I believe they thought their was a bomb or meth lab going on and that is why they send a robot in.

  • TheFoundingFathers

    Well to all the citizens of the Grand Rapids area NOW you know where most of your hard earned tax dollars go, because they sure as fuck don't make it into the road commission budget. Now you also know what to do when it comes to vote on the police "nazi" budget when the stupid pigs ask for more of your money.

    • MeNoDo

      Hey, did you not read where this was at? Grand Rapids Township. Which means NOT Grand Rapids PD, but Kent County Sheriff and State for assistance. Nice post stupid.

  • Don

    At least twice in this story, it said the law enforcement story was different than the suspected "drug manufacturer". Why? Because the police blew it.
    They don't bring all of the equipment they brought and not go in. Unless, there was no crime.
    It was a chance to make a big bust and they all got into the spirit, until one lady with proper permits, stopped them. They couldn't make a big bust, so they went home pouting. (with a different coverup story) Really? Too dangerous for police, suited up like special forces?

    • guest

      It's amazing that they were such cowards they couldn't even grow a pair in order to victimize an old, sick lady, while holding a machine gun to her head, in order to manufacture false charges against her. While they had ZERO suspicion, or probable cause for what they did, at least they didn't destroy her home, as sociopathic police are want to do to prove a point. She needs to get with an ACLU or good civil rights attorney, because the city, in addition to paying the several thousand dollars employing these high school dropouts for a botched raid, will now also be held liable for a few hundred thousand dollars in damages due to violating her civil rights without due process or just cause.

      I hope she burns them, and bankrupts the city, because that's what needs to happen, the city gets sued for so much money they can't even maintain a police force anymore, and has to contract it out to a larger county.

  • IHaveAQuestion

    “So we had to make a decision whether it was safe enough for the officers and for everyone, and really worth going inside now. We determined it was not a safe situation and left without going in and actually seeing what kind of operation was going on,” she said.
    SO is that the new procedure for bank robberies, stand-offs, kidnappings. or other dangerous police operations?
    Too dangerous, let's leave.

  • caliboss

    the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING!!!13

    in other news as the real criminals commit crimes, lol

    "any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death" – cali secret 420

    from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, and 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

    20 years behind us southern states, sad and scary….nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states…even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice…no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol…not 1

    Average spent per inmate a year = $31,286 (profit and police over people)
    Average spent per student a year = $10,605 (dumber and more in debt, each one of us is liable for around $40,000 of rising American debt)

    love and freedom forever

    AMERICA'S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS!!!33

  • bsm

    In another article on the same subject an individual commented that they were getting off the Plainfield exit and said persons wife commented to hubby, Hey look at that funny looking plane in the sky! The husband said, that's a drone! Which happened to be patrolling over that neck of the woods.
    Hey FOX 17?? Why don't you l9ok into the possibility of these drones? Who they belong to? When they were purchased. I'm sure that's a story we would all be interested in!!

  • Golden Goose

    I don't give a shit what county what pigs, this is why people vote no on Budgets for the PIGS they don't fight real crime, If someone kicks in your door and robs you OH WELL hope the home owner had the insurance paid up to date b/c they don't care about solving real crimes, instead they want to kick in door of LEGAL MMJ Grow b/c the day is coming when the Golden Goose Has laid Her last Egg for the pigs, Marijuana will be Legal and the Golden Goose will have no more Eggs to give and that is the PIGS biggest fear of all !!

  • KENT PIGS

    This lady needs to call a Lawyer and sue b/c everyone in the world has her address now thanks to the Cops and she will be in the News again b/c some thugs will rob her and take all the plants now, Thanks to the Police and Bomb Squad and all the other Pigs NOW the Neighborhood is NOT SAFE b/c thugs will be looking to rob houses in that area b/c they too might be growing, Also the pids should have to BUY her house from her b/c she will never be able to sell it after what they did, Who in the Fuck would want to live in that house now ??