Three arrested in Roseville drug bust

By: Sara Kandel | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published June 12, 2013


Three Roseville residents were arrested, and four others were issued citations, following a drug bust at a Roseville residence last week.

Police said the June 7 raid and arrests came after neighbors alerted them to the potential drug activity at the home in the 17000 block of West Park Street.

“We had several complaints — there was a lot of activity at the house, people were coming and going at all hours of the day and night, and that kind of activity, it is indicative to the drug trade,” Police Chief James Berlin said. “We responded to those complaints and we were able to collect enough evidence to execute a search warrant at the home.”

Isaac Shorter, the 21-year-old resident of the home, was arrested and charged with four counts of delivery of marijuana, one count of maintaining a drug home and one count of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

He was arraigned in front of Judge Catherine Steenland of the 39th District Court in Roseville June 7. Bond was set at $100,000 cash or surety, no 10 percent. Shorter is being held at Macomb County Jail pending bond. A preliminary exam is scheduled for 8:15 a.m. June 19.

According to court documents, Shorter requested an attorney but at press time there was not yet one assigned to the case.

Roseville resident Walter Oneal, 23, who was also arrested during the raid, was charged with one count of possession of marijuana and one count of frequenting a residence where drugs are sold.

According to police, Oneal entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to 45 days in the Macomb County Jail and is currently serving his sentence. However, court records indicate he is being held in Macomb County Jail pending an arraignment and preliminary exam scheduled for 12:45 p.m. June 22. There was no attorney information on file.

West Park Street resident Terrell Priggett, 24, was arrested on an outstanding warrant out of the 39th District Court and charged with frequenting a home where drugs are sold.

The outstanding warrant landed Priggett with 60 days in jail, police said. Bond for the other charge against him was set at $5,000 cash or surety, no 10 percent. According to a press release issued by the Police Department, Priggett is scheduled for a preliminary exam at 8:15 a.m. June 20.

However, court records indicate he, too, is scheduled for a June 22 arraignment and preliminary exam. There was not an attorney on file.

An employee at the courthouse said it was possible their files had not been updated.

Four other people inside the home at the time of the raid were issued citations for frequenting a home where drugs are sold.

“If you are sitting inside a home when a raid happened and all the drugs were in the bedroom or stored elsewhere and you had no idea that was going on, chances are you are not going to be issued a citation,” Berlin said.

“But if you are sitting in the front room sipping a beer and marijuana and all the accoutrements of selling marijuana, such as scales and packaging material, are sitting out on the table in front of you and you chose not to leave and the home was raided, you are going to be issued a citation.”

Berlin was unable to provide much detail about the investigation and declined to comment on the evidence that secured the search warrant, the length of the investigation or what was found inside the home. He did mention that the Roseville Police Department Special Response Team, the SWAT team, assisted in the execution of the search warrant.

 “Unfortunately, there is a lot of violence that goes on in the drug trade and we had to be prepared for that, especially because it was a cold entry, meaning we had no intelligence of what was going on inside the home as we were preparing to go in,” Berlin said.

“The use of overwhelming force limits the chances of the suspects inside responding violently — we are on them so fast and with so many guys that by the time they know what is happening, they don’t have a choice to fight back.”