State Supreme Court pans pre-dawn police visits in pot case

Michael Frederick, Todd VanDoorne
Left to right: Mug shots of Mike Frederick and Todd VanDoorne from the Kent County Correctional Facility. (March 21, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court says the rights of two former jail officers were violated during pre-dawn visits to their homes.

Todd VanDoorne and Michael Frederick were charged with having marijuana butter, although a Grand Rapids-area drug team didn’t have a search warrant in 2014.

In a unanimous ruling Thursday, the Supreme Court says police were trespassing with their early morning visits, which turned into searches. The court is sending the case back to a Kent County judge to determine whether the searches still can stand under the circumstances.

VanDoorne and Frederick said they felt compelled to cooperate because they were officers, too. They had medical marijuana cards at the time, but prosecutors said they still violated the law.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Office told 24 Hour News 8 on Thursday that VanDoorne and Frederick have been terminated.