Federal agents raided at least three properties in Oakland County this morning.
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents were at Caregivers of America, a medicinal marijuana facility in Walled Lake, a home in Commerce Township and an office building in Novi.
DEA Group supervisor Andrew Eiseman said sealed federal search warrants were executed at all three locations, 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 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. The DEA confirmed that agents were also at the location on 12 Mile this morning executing a search warrant.
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.
Read our previous post on the raids here: http://ambrosecriminallawblog.com/2011/04/12/dispensaries-raided-in-walled-lake-and-novi-today/
If you have questions about medical marijuana please contact Samantha Moffett at (248) 624-5500