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OTSEGO COUNTY, Mi. (WPBN/WGTU) — Ten marijuana dispensaries in Otsego County were raided by Straits Area Narcotics Enforcement team (S.A.N.E.) on Thursday night leading to two arrests.

Allwell Natural HealthAccording to S.A.N.E., nine of the ten dispensaries are located in the city of Gaylord and one in Vanderbilt.

“The law is very clear, if they’re operating outside the of the perimeters of the law that they help support and they help initiate, then they are in violation and they are breaking the law,” said Lt. Derrick Carroll of MSP Gaylord Post. “We are not going to turn a blind eye to people who are doing drug trafficking.”

If the dispensaries are licensed medical marijuana caregivers, they can sell to five people, but detectives say they were going outside those boundaries.

“The suspects of these dispensaries were dispensing marijuana to individuals who had medical marijuana cards but were not their registered patients,” said S.A.N.E Lt. Kenneth Mills.

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Officers say they uncovered a lab for manufacturing THC oil and three marijuana grow operations. Officer sized more than 150 jars and numerous bags of marijuana as well as countless THC edibles, drinks, waxes, extracts and oils. Police say it’s also illegal to possess the edibles, waxes and oils they were selling.

S.A.N.E tells us the THC edibles came in a variety of forms, which included chocolates, gummies, cookies, bars, muffins, fudge, peanut butter and hard candy. Officers also took 143 marijuana plants, prescription opiates, other prescription drugs, more than $17,000 in cash and two vehicles.

But since it’s the second time in the past year several of the dispensaries have been raided, Gaylord residents think they’re being targeted.

“Places like this help people and because they don’t like it they’re going to make sure they twist the law to their own hands,” said resident Randy Gunter.

But S.A.N.E. detectives say they don’t see this amount of marijuana activity in other areas, which is why Gaylord is heavily monitored.

“The people who are suffering here are the victims, the people who are the patients of these facilities who are now unable to get their medical marijuana from them because they were operating outside the parameters of the law,” said Carroll.

Two people were arrested and taken to the Otsego County Jail. A 45-year-old Gaylord man was arrested on charges related to the illegal distribution, possession and manufacture of marijuana and THC products as well as the possession of prescription drugs.

Also arrested was a 36-year-old Gaylord man on charges related to the illegal distribution and possession of marijuana and THC products.

This investigation is ongoing and more arrested are expected.


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