OMNI files charges in marijuana growing operation in Clinton

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DETROIT – Two of the three men charged in a marijuana growing operation located in a Clinton Township antiques store have pled guilty to lesser charges. Barry Lee Fisher of Onsted and Lloyd Richard Smoke of Clayton pled down their charges on Sept. 19, while Todd Bacon of Kalamazoo was not in court.

Officers from OMNI Team 3 raided Oak City Antiques on Feb. 17, 2011. A total of 345 plants were seized from the store as well as from a rented house in Tipton. The trial began in Lenawee County court but was transferred in March 2011 to federal court in Detroit. New charges were filed against Fisher and Smoke in federal district court in Detroit on Sept. 19.

Fisher pled guilty to using a telephone in the commission of the drug offense of maintaining drug-related premises, replacing the original charge of marijuana manufacturing and counts of conspiracy. Smoke entered a guilty plea for concealing from authorities increased utility use because of growing marijuana, down from the charge of maintaining drug-related premises at the antique store he owns.

Fisher and Smoke are free on bond until their sentencing on January 22. Judge Julian Abele Cook is the presiding judge for the sentencing. The new charges could bring up to four-year prison terms for each man, and include forfeiture of two buildings: the antique store property on Michigan Avenue as well as a house on M-50 in Tipton.

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