Feds Raid 5 Locations in Oakland County, Detroit in Marijuana Crackdown

Federal agents raided at least five properties in Oakland County and Detroit this morning.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents were at two marijuana facilities in Walled Lake and Novi, a home in Commerce Township and the Bayside Sports Grill in Walled Lake. They also raided Coliseum Bar and Grill strip club on Eight Mile in Detroit.

DEA Group supervisor Andrew Eiseman said sealed federal search warrants were executed, but few other details were released.

He would not say why the warrants were issued or provide more details about the investigation. He did not say if any arrests have been made and would not comment on whether the raids were connected.

The home raided is located in the 3300 block of Benstein Road and is owned by Romel and Ban Casab, according to the Oakland County Assessor's Office. Romel Casab is listed as the resident agent of Caregivers of America L.L.C. on state records. He has said in a lawsuit that he is one of the owners of the former Packard plant in Detroit.

A neighbor who lives across the street from the home said she first saw agents at the home shortly after 7 a.m. today. A black convertible was taken out of the garage and driven out before it was towed away, neighbor Annette Winberg, 66, said. Another car was also taken, she said.

About 10 agents were at the home this morning with four or five cars when a Free Press reporter arrived.

The medicinal marijuana facility in Walled Lake is located at 1020 Decker Road. Walled Lake assessor records say it is owned by 1020 Decker LLC. The assessor's office said it sends the company's tax bills to a suite on West 12 Mile Road in Novi, which was raided this morning.

Calls to Caregivers of America and to the Commerce Township home were not returned. A woman at the home in Commerce Township declined to talk to a Free Press reporter.

The DEA is working with the Oakland County Sheriff's office on the raid.

- Article originally from The Detroit Free Press


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