Detectives look into local marijuana grow operation

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published August 24, 2020

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — After responding to a residence a few times for a noise complaint, detectives recently were called out after receiving a tip of a possible marijuana grow operation.

Police say that detectives arrived at a residence in the 22000 block of Brantingham Road, near Hall Road and North Avenue in Macomb Township, around 2:20 p.m. Aug. 5 with a report of a marijuana grow operation.

A Macomb County Sheriff’s Office detective indicated he received a marijuana tip advising him there is a large industrial generator in the driveway that runs for long hours of the day.

Upon learning who resided at the home, the detective found the individual has multiple medical marijuana licenses. He confirmed through the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs that the individual, whose name was removed from the report, has a valid patient registry ID and five caregiver registry cards.

In Michigan, under state law, the use of medical marijuana is permitted, which provides for a system of registry identification cards for qualifying patients and primary caregivers.

In the investigation, the detective said he and another detective attempted to make contact at the address.

“It should be noted the generator was running and very loud,” the report reads.

A man answered the door and agreed for detectives to conduct a compliance check.

The individual provided detectives with five patient cards and one caregiver card.

“He then showed us his operation in the basement where we counted 32 plants in total,” the report reveals. “It should be noted that the smell was contained very well.”

According to the report, the male advised the generator was due to his power being cut, citing that somehow, DTE Energy cut his power and was in contact with them to get it restored.

The individual told detectives that deputies had been over to the residence due to the generator being loud.

Weekly incident reports sent out by the Sheriff’s Office reveal that deputies were called out to the residence twice on July 19, one of which was for a noise complaint, the other for general information, and on July 20 and July 21 for noise complaints.

Police also responded to the residence twice on Aug. 10 — once for a civil matter and once for a noise complaint — and three times between Aug. 8 and Aug. 9 for an ordinance violation.

The individual indicated Macomb Township advised him of its noise ordinance between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m.

“Which means the power to the house is cut off between those hours,” the report states.

The township’s noise ordinance states it is unlawful to operate any steam, gasoline or motor driven, which creates or has a tendency to create noise or vibration, resulting in the disturbance of the peace and quiet of the township.  

The man told detectives he would contact them when the power is back on at the house and the generator is powered off.