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KANET investigates dispensaries


 

N-Kent-County-Sheriff-logoThe Kent Area Narcotics Enforcement team conducted several search warrants throughout Kent County Monday, searching three dispensaries and other addresses connected to them in some way.

According to police, the search warrants were executed after a lengthy investigation into the illegal sales of marijuana. Search warrants were conducted at the following locations:

Relief Hub dispensary, 4920 Plainfield, Plainfield Township; Third Day dispensary, 4981 Plainfield, Plainfield Twp.; Red Jasper dispensary, 3926 West River Dr, Plainfield Twp.; the 5000 block of Circle Dr, Cannon Twp.; the 5400 block of Pine Island Dr, Plainfield Twp.; the 2100 block of Wyndham Hill Dr, City of Grand Rapids; and the 1200 block of Taylor Ave, in City of Grand Rapids.

Police said that the investigation involved subjects that have been previously investigated and given written and verbal warnings by law enforcement and the Kent County prosecutor’s office, but continue to operate illegally under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act.

Police said they have received several complaints and tips from the public in regarding illegal sales of marijuana occurring at the dispensary locations. They also said investigators had made undercover purchases of marijuana at the locations, proving that the dispensaries continue to operate illegally. All seven locations are related to the investigation.

The Kent County Sheriff Department said that they continue to work with medical marijuana caregivers and patients who are complying with the laws and no enforcement is taken against them.

They said that they are also familiar with the Medical Marijuana Facility Licensing act, which was recently passed in Michigan and signed by the Governor. The bills cover the licensing requirements and includes local control by cities, villages, and townships, which can pass their own regulations for marijuana facilities, and legalizes marijuana provisioning centers/growing facilities.  It also covers safety compliance, taxes, fees, funds to municipalities, counties and the state. The bill also legalizes marijuana infused products.

Police said the subjects of the investigation found that the three dispensaries continue to operate illegally, even in violation of the new bills passed (MMFLA).

The names of the suspects have not yet been released, and the investigation is still ongoing.

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Meth lab suspect sentenced


Jason Butler

Jason Butler

Jason Andrew Butler, 36, of Cedar Springs, was sentenced to prison last Thursday, June 25, for maintaining a meth lab in his home.

Butler was arrested on April 15, by Kent County Sheriff deputies and detectives on outstanding warrants near the intersection of 1st and Cherry, in the City of Cedar Springs. A subsequent investigation led to the discovery of methamphetamine and a meth lab in his home.

Butler pled guilty, and was sentenced to 8-20 years each on charges of operating and maintaining a meth lab, and delivery or manufacturing methamphetamine. Two charges of stealing a financial transaction device were dropped.

The Kent Area Narcotics Enforcement Team  (KANET) led the investigation.

Michigan State Police Meth Clandestine Lab Response Team responded to the scene to secure and remove the lab. Also assisting with the investigation was Child Protective Services, due to the close proximity of children to the lab. Two minor children were removed from the home pursuant to a court order.

Butler’s older brother, Joseph Clayton Butler, was sentenced to prison in April, for the same offense.

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Police discover meth lab


Cutline: Police swarmed the area of First and Cherry Street, after a meth lab was discovered in a home there.

Police swarmed the area of First and Cherry Street, after a meth lab was discovered in a home there.

On Wednesday evening, April 15, Kent County Sheriff Department Deputies and Detectives located methamphetamine and a meth clandestine laboratory in the City of Cedar Springs.

According to Sgt. Jason Kelley, of the Cedar Springs Unit, Deputies and Detectives arrested a Cedar Springs man on outstanding warrants near the intersection of 1st and Cherry in the City of Cedar Springs. A subsequent investigation led to the discovery of methamphetamine and a meth lab in the suspect’s home.

The Kent Area Narcotics Enforcement Team (KANET) led the investigation. Michigan State Police Meth Clandestine Lab Response Team responded to secure and remove the lab. Also assisting with the investigation was Child Protective Services, due to the close proximity of children to the lab. Two minor children were removed from the home pursuant to a court order.

Jason Butler

Jason Butler

The male suspect was lodged at Kent County Correctional Facility on his outstanding warrant and charges will be sought relating to the Meth and Clandestine Lab.

The suspect, not yet officially identified by police, looks to be Jason Butler, 36, of Cedar Springs. He was previously arrested earlier this year on January 15, on four warrants out of Ionia County, and wanted for credit card fraud in Kent County. The Post will update the story next week after his arraignment.

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Corrections officers arrested on drug charges


Brian Tennant

Brian Tennant

Todd VanDoorne

Todd VanDoorne

Mike Frederick

Mike Frederick

Tim Bernhardt

Tim Bernhardt

A call last week from a local U.S. Post Office about a suspicious package ended in the arrest of one sergeant and three corrections officers—all 20-year-plus veterans of the Kent County Sheriff Department.

According to Undersheriff Jon Hess and Sheriff Larry Stelma, the Kent Area Narcotics Enforcement Team (KANET) was called on March 17, 2014, to inspect a suspicious package. The investigation led to a suspect responsible for the package, which contained marijuana. Investigators discovered the suspects were making and/or in possession of a large quantity of marijuana extract called “marijuana butter.”

The four suspects arrested are Kent County Sheriff Department Corrections Officers: Corrections Sergeant Tim Bernhardt, a 22-year veteran, charged with Delivery/Manufacture Marijuana and Conspiracy to Deliver/Manufacture a Controlled Substance; Corrections Officer Mike Frederick, 24-year veteran charged with Delivery/Manufacture Marijuana and Possession of a Controlled Substance; Corrections Officer Todd VanDoorne, 22-year veteran charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Maintaining a Drug House; Corrections Officer Brian Tennant, a 20-year veteran charged with Delivery/Manufacture Marijuana and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

The suspects were arraigned on March 21, 2014, at the 63rd District Court in front of Judge Servaas. Bond was set at $2,000.00, and the employees were placed on administrative leave.

According to Sheriff Stelma, the Sheriff Department did a comprehensive internal investigation as a result of the arrests. Four additional Correctional Officers were placed on paid administrative leave and were administered drug testing to exclude their involvement in criminal activity. Their test results were negative and those four Corrections Officers were cleared of criminal wrong-doing and have been returned to full duty.

They believe the original four officers arrested were acting alone and that no other offices were involved in the criminal activity.

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