Suspect arrested in raid, drugs and weapons seized

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published September 20, 2019

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MADISON HEIGHTS — Multiple police agencies worked together on a drug raid in Madison Heights recently that resulted in an arrest and the seizure of drugs, weapons and vehicles.

The raid went down Sept. 12 at around 4:40 p.m. at a commercial building located at 1820 E. 11 Mile Road, near Dequindre Road. According to police, there is no active business operating there.

Probable cause was established and a search warrant was authorized. The raid led to the arrest of the suspect, and police also found what they believe to be cocaine. A rifle, handgun, boat and Range Rover were confiscated at the scene.

The suspect, Mike Raymond Cholagh, 38, of Warren, was charged with one count of controlled substance — delivery/manufacture (cocaine, heroin or other narcotic), 50 to 449 grams; one count of weapons firearms — possession by felon; and two counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

He was arraigned Sept. 14 in Madison Heights 43rd District Court and given a $100,000 cash/surety bond. At press time, he had not yet obtained a court-appointed attorney.

“The investigation was ongoing for a while,” said Madison Heights Police Lt. Michael Siladke. “This was a standard operation. Appropriate personnel and resources were allocated based on the size of the location, number of possible suspects, and the possibility of weapons on scene. We have a good working relationship with many agencies, and some manpower from other agencies were used in this operation.”

The raid involved the Madison Heights Police Department, Oakland County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Homeland Security officers and the FBI.

“The case remains local, not federal,” Siladke explained. “Everyone involved with this case should be recognized for an excellent job. The time and effort put in on this case resulted in the arrest of a dangerous suspect, along with taking drugs and weapons off the street. The city of Madison Heights is a safer place because of it.”

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