Troy drug house raided
96 marijuana plants found
January 5, 2007
BY FRANK WITSIL
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER
Bursting through the front door of a suspected drug house in Troy, Oakland County Sheriff's Sgt. Brent Miles and other officers first noticed the smell.
"It was extremely pungent," Miles said Thursday at the Oakland County Sheriff's Office in Pontiac.
Inside the home on Webb Drive, officers found 96 marijuana plants -- at different stages of growth -- scales, a freezer full of dried marijuana leaves and more than $81,000 in cash hidden in a wall safe behind a mirror. The house also had bedrooms and a basement that had been turned into a greenhouse with special lights and a sophisticated irrigation system used to grow the plants.
Officers said they also found a shotgun, rifle and revolver in the house.
"It's clear someone had put a lot of time and money into it," Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said of the drug operation.
Bouchard warned that drug dealers have begun hiding their activities in nondescript suburban homes, and the Oakland County Narcotics Enforcement Team, made up of several police departments, received an anonymous tip about the home at 58 Webb Drive.
After officers raided the house in Troy on Tuesday, they arrested the 48-year-old owner, Richard Nash, who is charged with two counts of drug possession -- each punishable by up to 7 years in prison -- and two counts of possession of a firearm while committing a felony -- with each count punishable by up to 2 years.
Nash is being held in the Oakland County Jail with bail set at $25,000, pending a preliminary examination at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 17.
Officers are investigating whether others are involved in the drug operation, Bouchard said.