Published January 31, 2013
Preliminary hearing adjourned for alleged K2 dealers
By Brad D. Bates email@example.com
Five members of a family that owns and operates two Shelby Township businesses received an adjournment of their Jan. 31 preliminary hearing on drug-related charges.
The suspects’ defense attorneys were granted a delay in the proceedings until March 28 to further review the evidence and reports that led to arrests following an Oct. 31, 2012, search of the businesses — a gas station and Woodstock Tobacco and More, located at 46555 Van Dyke Ave. and 46699 Van Dyke Ave., respectively.
“We received some discovery in this case, but we’re looking for additional matters, search warrants and other things,” defense attorney Harold Fried said as he petitioned Judge Douglas Shepherd for the adjournment Jan. 31 at 41-A District Court in Shelby Township.
“And I believe (defense attorney) Mr. (Ron) Marsh has spoken to the Prosecutor’s Office, and what we would like to do, your honor, is get another date … and we will have all the discoveries.”
Dabish Dabish and Fiaze Dabish, who share a residence in West Bloomfield, and David Dabish and Audrick Dabish, who share a residence in Sterling Heights, were charged with delivery/manufacture of a controlled substance stemming from their alleged possession of cocaine, hydrocodone and K2.
K2 is among the synthetic narcotics that became illegal this past June 19 as Gov. Rick Snyder signed a law that added the substances to the state’s list of controlled substances.
Investigators allege that members of the Dabish family sold synthetic narcotics at the gas station — which was “debranded” by Citgo following the arrests, and which now operates under the moniker “X-press” — and the tobacco shop before and after June 19.
The delivery/manufacture of a controlled substance charges are felonies punishable by up to seven years in prison or $10,000 in fines.
Dabish Dabish, 35, David Dabish, 39, and Faize Dabish, 63, also face charges of maintaining a drug house, which is punishable by two years or $25,000 in fines.
Audrick Dabish, 18, is also facing charges of felony assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer, punishable by up to two years or $2,000, felony delivery/manufacture of marijuana, punishable by up to four years or $20,000, and felony possession of methamphetamine/ecstasy, punishable by up to 10 years or $15,000.
The fifth defendant, Dedrick Dabish, 17, and David Dabish face felony charges of possession of a controlled substance analogue, punishable by up to two years or $2,000. A controlled substance analogue is a substance with a chemical structure similar to the chemical structure of a controlled substance.
Disorderly conduct charges were also postponed against Dabish Dabish and Audrick Dabish stemming from allegations that they harassed a television reporter June 11 during a report about County Executive Mark Hackel’s and Sheriff Anthony Wickersham’s search of the Woodstock tobacco shop.
An initial report from the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office said that a sixth suspect was to be arraigned. Absent Jan. 31 and at the Dec. 18 arraignments but present on the prosecutor’s report was Derick Dabish, 31, of West Bloomfield.
Shelby Township police confirmed that a sixth suspect in the case was still being held in Oakland County, and they are awaiting his arrival in Macomb County to face charges stemming from what Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith dubbed a “drug enterprise” after his office issued warrants Dec. 14.
“If he had been in Macomb County, then I do not see why he would not have been in court,” Shelby Township Police Sgt. Stephen Stanbury said of rumors that Derick Dabish had been transferred to Macomb County prior to the Jan. 31 court date.