Roseville councilman charged with drug offenses

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published October 16, 2020




ROSEVILLE — Charges were filed Oct. 13 against Roseville City Councilman Charles Frontera in relation to a police action that took place at his home Feb. 20.

A Michigan State Police narcotics task force raided Frontera’s house, although the councilman has said on multiple occasions that he wasn’t the target of the raid and that his tenants who lived there with him were the focus of the police investigation.

Frontera has been charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance — narcotic/cocaine — less than 25 grams and one count of controlled substance — maintaining a drug house.

He was absent from the scheduled regular City Council meeting that took place Oct. 13. Mayor Robert Taylor said that he is hopeful this issue will be resolved quickly and in the best interests of the city’s residents.

“(Councilman Frontera) needs to be truthful with the residents of the city. He told us in February that he would be totally vindicated, and I hope that’s the case,” said Taylor. “It’s just a black eye for the city. I’m hopeful he’s truthful with the residents of Roseville, and right now we’re just going to let the court proceedings take place and hopefully everything will come out and we’ll all have a happy conclusion.”

Frontera did not respond to requests for comment. His attorney, Vincenzo Manzella, did not wish to comment at this time.

“He’s innocent until proven guilty and we’ll have to let the court process take its course. I’m not sure if these would qualify as what is referred to as an ‘infamous crime’ by our charter, but if it is or if it is considered an offense that is a violation of his oath of office, he could be removed from office,” Roseville City Attorney Tim Tomlinson said. “With a vacancy, (the City Council) would decide who would be appointed to fill the seat until the next general election. The remainder of his term would then be filled by someone selected by the voters.”

Frontera was originally elected to the council in 2015 and was reelected to his current four-year term in 2019.

His next court date is a probable cause conference scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 26, in 41-B District Court in Clinton Township. The case is being heard in Clinton Township due to the judges in Roseville’s 39th District Court having recused themselves in regard to the case.