Ex-Rep. Roy Schmidt enters drug charge plea

Former state Rep. Roy Schmidt appears for an arraignment on felony drug charges in Kent County. (June 12, 2015)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD)– A former state lawmaker facing a felony drug charge may be heading to prison.

Kent County prosecutors told 24 Hour News 8 ex-Rep. Roy Schmidt pleaded no contest to one count of delivery of marijuana in district court Thursday.

Schmidt entered his plea in district court instead of circuit court because officials ruled earlier this month another preliminary hearing was needed.

Schmidt was originally charged with two counts of delivering or manufacturing marijuana in connection to a June 10 raid at his Grand Rapids home. Court records show police found about three pounds of suspected marijuana in Schmidt’s home on 7th Street NW, as well as a “considerable amount of contraband” in his rental home on Myrtle Street NW.

Authorities search former state Rep. Roy Schmidt's house on June 10, 2015)
Authorities search former state Rep. Roy Schmidt’s house on June 10, 2015)

Investigators said Schmidt first told them he was a card-carrying medical marijuana user and caregiver, but then admitted he sold dope to at least 20 people who either weren’t registered with the state or didn’t have a medical marijuana card.

Schmidt is expected in circuit court March 22 for sentencing.

Schmidt was previously accused of election fraud for a party switching scandal. Moments before the filing deadline for the 2012 primary election, Schmidt filed as a Republican candidate and arranged for another man to run as his Democratic opponent on the ballot.

A file photo of former state Rep. Roy Schmidt.
A file photo of former state Rep. Roy Schmidt.

While two investigations thoroughly denounced the scheme, neither inquiry found grounds for criminal charges.

Schmidt lost his seat to Democrat Winnie Brinks in the November 2012 general election.

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