37 charged in fake medical pot operation

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Dozens of people have been charged in an alleged marijuana grow operation spanning multiple counties in West Michigan.

According to federal court documents, the government says the defendants used the state’s medical marijuana law as a cover for the alleged operation.

Twenty-seven people were arrested as part of the alleged grow operation last October, but the government dropped those charges until they could investigate further.

Now that the investigation is complete, ten additional suspects are now facing charges in the alleged drug ring.

In court documents obtained by 24 Hour News 8 police said Shawn Taylor led the marijuana grow operation known as Medical Marijuana Team, using Michigan’s medical marijuana law as a cover. Authorities said he planned to grow $3 million worth of marijuana.

Taylor and his wife owned a store in Muskegon called “In Do Grow”, where police said they kept equipment to grow marijuana.

The government said it identified 22 grow operations in cities including Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Kalamazoo, Norton Shores, Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Wyoming. Authorities have filed papers to have the properties forfeited.

More than 160 police officers throughout the state helped in the investigation.

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