The St. Clair County Drug Task Force stumbled upon a drug deal while conducting another investigation. The Task Force brought in the Sanilac County Sheriff Department to assist with a raid on a single residence in the city of Melvin; that raid led to a search of a second home in nearby St. Clair Township.
All told the Task Force and Sheriff Departments reported $326,000 of marijuana seized along with 28 guns, $2,000 in hashish, psychedelic mushrooms, $40,000 in cash, a motorcycle and two cars. Two arrests were made.
In a statement given to the Port Huron Times-Herald, St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon said, ”We understand that there are legal ways to grow medical marijuana.” Donnellon added, “However, the gentleman from Melvin exceeded the limits of the law by a huge amount.”
The article adds: “A St. Clair County Sheriff dog, U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Customs and U.S. Homeland Security Investigation Unit also assisted in the investigation.”
The role of the federal agents in this scheme is unclear and calls to the St. Clair Sheriff Department have not been returned. Why the Drug Task Force and a County Sheriff Department needed agents from three federal agencies to do two standard home raids is a question best asked by the taxpayers and officials in those counties, but the use of federal resources in a local drug interdiction action is always going to bring inquiry- as it should.