A man in Bay City is facing a litany of felony charges after allegedly selling marijuana to undercover police officers. The 50-year-old man faces 18 felony charges for these alleged drug crimes. If convicted, he could face considerable prison time. He was set to be arraigned on the first of these charges in a Michigan court on Oct. 12.
The investigation into the man began back in August after a police helicopter spotted what they believe to be marijuana plants on the man's property. The man also allegedly had a sign on his garage offering to sell medical marijuana to patients who qualify. State police also noted the man had a history of violence, including uttering death threats to police officers.
As a result, the sting operation was undertaken very carefully. Over the course of a full day, detectives sported ficticious Medical Marijuana Cards normally given to patients to prove their qualification to purchase the substance. Detectives say they bought several grams of what they believe to be marijuana from the man that day, and again in September. The man was arrested shortly thereafter, and his bail was set at $25,000. He told court officials he intends to represent himself in court.
This decision could complicate his case considerably. The drug crimes for which he stands accused are very serious, and without the support of an experienced defense attorney, the potential for him to be found guilty of those crimes -- even if he is not -- goes up exponentially. Defense attorneys here in Michigan are trained to observe the prosecution and hold them accountable for a fair and balanced trial, something a man with a history of antagonizing police may wish to ensure.
Source: mlive.com, "Man faces 18 felonies for allegedly selling medical pot to cops", Cole Waterman, Oct. 13, 2017