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Springfield medical marijuana dispensaries raided for alleged illegal activity


SPRINGFIELD (WKZO) -- The Southwest Enforcement Team and the Michigan State Police have broken up several medical marijuana dispensaries in the area.

Law enforcement officers executed six search warrants Wednesday in connection with three marijuana dispensaries in Springfield that were suspected of illegal marijuana sales under the front of being a medical marijuana dispensary business.  Three warrants were for the dispensaries themselves, while two warrants were executed at homes Kalamazoo and Barry Counties, and another was executed at Springfield City Hall in Calhoun County in seeking documents pertaining to the licensing of the three dispensaries.

Numerous items were seized, including 150 marijuana plants, over 2.5-kilograms of processed marijuana, seven handguns, and approximately 57-thousand rounds of ammunition.  The Michigan State Police Bomb Squad also had to be called into deal with 21 improvised explosive devices found in the search.

The IEDs found in the search are described as cylinders capped at both ends with fuses protruding from just one end, ranging in size from three-inches long and 1.5-inches in diameter to six-inches long and one-inch in diameter.  All were homemade devices that the homeowner stated were for entertainment purposes.

The case is still under investigation, and it is expected that it will be forwarded to the Calhoun County Prosecutor's Office for a review of possible criminal charges.