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Close to 50 Pounds Of Pot Found In Leoni Twp

Close to 50 pounds of marijuana, along with other drugs were taken from a Leoni township business and home Wednesday.

Nick Perreault talked with the Jackson Narcotic Enforcement Team (JNET) about the bust, who is believed to be involved and what happens next.

"Probably started about 6 , 6 to 8 months ago," said Det. Lt. Dave Cook.

MSP Det. Lt. Dave Cook says it all started with several anonymous phone calls and tips and an investigation that would eventually lead the narcotics team to Sweet Greens, a marijuana dispensary.

"They had a grow op inside there, probably 20, 20 to 30 pounds of processed Marijuana, which led us to another search warrant," Cook said.

And a home where the team would find another 20 pounds of pot, food laced with THC possibly hash.

All of it illegal and all linked to the owner Todd Pickett.

Our partners at the Citizen Patriot say Pickett serves on the township board.

"I am surprised," said Township Supervisor Todd Brittain.

Brittain describes Pickett as a hard working trustee and says he's been an asset to Leoni Township.

"We needed floors to be redone in the sewer and water department, he went in their took his own money, own time and redid the floors," Brittain said.

The supervisor tells us he doesn't plan to ask Pickett to step down.

Now back in February, Jackson County Prosecutor Jerry Jarzynka issued a letter to dispensaries saying to comply with the law or they'd prosecute.

"When that went out the vast majority of dispensary owners complied and we've had compliance," said Prosecuting Attorney Jerry Jarzynka.

But police say clearly the owner of Sweet Greens continued production and both the narcotics team along with prosecuting attorney say this should be a lesson.

"You always have that segment out there that says, well it's just marijuana, well it's still a drug," Det Lt. Cook said.

A drug that just may have landed an elected official in some hot water.

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