GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Tom Schmidt sat on his brother’s front porch and watched as Kent County’s drug enforcement team rifled through his brother’s car.
Tom Schmidt’s brother is former Grand Rapids City Commissioner and state Rep. Roy Schmidt.
After investigators confirmed their narcotics team was searching for marijuana at Roy Schmidt’s 7th Street NW home, Tom Schmidt said it was only medical marijuana.
Officers on the scene said they were executing a search warrant after nearly two months of investigating. They added that the investigation is still ongoing and anticipated charges, but did not elaborate on what or against whom those charges would be.
The search team went through Roy Schmidt’s house for almost two hours before leaving without putting anyone in handcuffs.
Tom Schmidt said it was all a misunderstanding.
“Everything’s legal and why they do this stuff is because he was commissioner, served the city for 16 years and then went to the House of Representatives,” Tom said.
Schmidt used to represent part of Grand Rapids in the state House of Representatives as a Democrat. He lost his seat to challenger Winnie Brinks in 2012 after he switched to the Republican party in the eleventh hour and it was then found he had agreed to pay a hand-picked opponent to run against him as a Democrat and lose on purpose. The scheme, though widely decried as unethical, was not found to be criminal and no one ever faced charges.
Tom Schmidt said his brother was just on vacation and came home to the search. He said he can’t make sense of it all.
“I don’t know why they’re doing it. One guy just went to jail for seven years, for what? Someone said someone’s selling and selling and doing that. Well, he’s got patients, patients are legal. It’s all written down. They got all the information,” Tom said before family members called him back into the house.