One arrest made in marijuana growing operation

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published November 22, 2013

MOUNT CLEMENS — A New Baltimore man is facing multiple charges for allegedly growing 87 marijuana plants inside a commercial building located near a school in Mount Clemens.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office says investigators received an anonymous tip earlier this month about marijuana being grown and cultivated inside a leased building on Cass Avenue.

According to Sheriff’s Lt. John Michalke, the building was 120 feet from Prevail Academy, a K-8 charter school.

An investigation commenced which led to the request for a search warrant. The building was then searched on Nov. 12, at which time detectives discovered what they call a sophisticated operation with 87 large marijuana plants.

Detectives talked to the building lessee, who initially characterized himself as a licensed medical marijuana caregiver.

However, the press release by the sheriff’s office states that after some additional discussion, 26-year-old Shane Boden admitted that he did not have a medical marijuana card, nor was he a medical marijuana provider.

Boden was arraigned in the 41-B District Court of Clinton Township on Nov. 20 and charged with delivery/manufacturing marijuana, maintaining a drug house, and possession of marijuana in a school zone. He was granted a $7,500 cash or surety bond (10 percent). Michalke said he posted bond and was released. His preliminary exam is scheduled for Dec. 4. It was unknown at press time if Boden had an attorney representing him.

It is unknown currently if Boden was working alone or not.

“There is an ongoing investigation,” Michalke said.

In addition to the plants, detectives also confiscated air-cooled lamps, power inverters, and power “amplifiers.”