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Readers Call for Rally Against Family Accused of Running Drug Enterprise in Shelby

Five members of the Dabish family are facing felony charges stemming from allegations that they sold synthetic marijuana and other drugs from their gas station and smoke shop in Shelby Township.

An organized effort to rally the community against the family accused of selling K2 and other drugs out of a Shelby Township gas station and smoke shop began to manifest itself last weekend in the comments section of a Patch article concerning the case.

From a boycott of the family's Shelby Township businesses, to a rally outside the 41A District Court in opposition of possible plea deals, readers offered a number of suggestions to publicize the case and call for justice.

"As a community we need to rally against these hooligans and demand our local prosecutor to not accept any reduced pleas," wrote Sarah Franklin. "Nothing less than maximum incarceration is acceptable. Lets make sure as many of us as possible contact the Court and the Prosecutor about this."

The Dabish family – a mother, two sons and two grandsons – face multiple felony charges stemming from allegations that they sold K2 and other drugs out of the former Citgo Gas Station, now Express Gas, and Woodstock Smoke Shop on Van Dyke at 21 Mile Road.

The five were arrested in October 2012 after Shelby Township police and federal agents raided the two family businesses and confiscated large quantities of the synthetic drug K2, also known as Spice, which was reportedly being sold even after it was banned in Macomb County. 

Investigators reported the suspects had been distributing synthetic marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, hydrocodone and marijuana out of their stores for several months.

The case against the family was recently postponed until March for purposes of discovery, to which Franklin added:

"That gives us all lots of time to plan for a huge demonstration at the courthouse with the proposed theme being ... Shelby residents against any Dabish plea bargains -- full trial with maximum jail terms for all needs to be our rallying cry!"

Other commenters advocated a boycott of the businesses implicated in the case:

  • "Stop shopping with them, there are plenty of gas stations & smoke shops within a stones throw of them that are happy to serve our community & truly appreciate our patronage," wrote one reader.
  • "Maybe if the community can get together and get many to stand out front of both establishments, people will change their minds on spending any of their legally hard earned money there!" added another.

The gas station and smoke shop were previously the target of a protest in June 2012, during which more than 200 people from across metro Detroit called for both businesses to end their K2 sales.

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What do you think of these "calls to action"? Tell us in the comments.

Romney2012 February 05, 2013 at 04:20 PM
Melissa-- this article tells me a few things. 1) As the inmate says, his father should have asked his son why his room is littered with visine bottles; 2) Saying you have red-eyes from swimming is a great excuse year round in Hawaii; 3) Kids as young as 11 years old sell drugs in school--drugs which I'm sure they will now buy in bulk online; 4) the kid started with alcohol, which he learned from watching his parents. 5) the kids enjoyed drug use so much they actually got jobs to support their habit. 6) The solution, this inmate urges parents to communicate with their kids and he wishes his parents would have caught onto his drug use before he ended up in prison. Thanks for the article, Melissa. If only home drug tests would have been available when this guy was a young user.
Romney2012 February 05, 2013 at 04:30 PM
Melissa-- What did you witness? What exactly did you see? You just wrote, the "family knowingly and willingly sold la multitude of drugs to kids" and now you are back-tracking while at the same time saying, "I myself wittnesses it with my own eyes."
Sarah Franklin February 05, 2013 at 05:01 PM
I just re-read all the posts here and once again find it amusing how personal agendas and character attacks keep popping up trying to mute the real message again and again. The original message is simple: How can the Community keep high visibility on this indictment as it develops and show the prosecution that the Community is not supportive of any plea as they move the case forward -- nothing more than that-period! There have been intimations from calling this mob justice to peddling influence to character attacks for even bringing up such an idea. If this indictment goes through a full jury trial and the defendants were found innocent then I'm sure everyone will accept that decision, even if they have personally been burned by the 'enterprise'. However, if our prosection opts for a plea bargain to simply get admission of guilt for a lessor penalty... essentially taking the easier pathway which often happens... then I (for one) take issue with that strategy and simply hope that voice of objection is heard upfront
John February 05, 2013 at 05:11 PM
Sarah Franklin - 7:40 pm on Friday, February 1, 2013 "Personally, I would like to see a PUBLIC HANGING for the whole lot of them and others like them if (when) they are found guilty in a quick trial. No repeaters and no tax dollars used to lock them up or JETTISON THEM TO SOME OTHER COUNTRY."
John February 05, 2013 at 05:17 PM
"show the prosecution that the Community is not supportive of any plea as they move the case forward" Sarah Franklin is delusional and believes that her personal opinion represents the view of the community. Sarah Franklin was not elected, Sarah Franklin has not spoken with the entire community. Sarah Franklin is a self-appointed representative of her own bigoted, lynch mob mentality. Sarah Franklin has called for the public execution and deportation of American citizens without trial.
Sarah Franklin February 05, 2013 at 05:24 PM
ok John... How about if we use this forum to take a vote. When I say the community is behind this I am assuming a very large majoriy (Obviously not everyone). Your opinion, which I do accept as being a valid point of view, is assuming this is totally incorrect. Fine, lets see who is right with the question being as follows: "Are you in favor (or against) this indictment going through to a full jury trial, with the prosecution making every attempt possible to not accept a plea bargain"? Perhaps we can re-channel our energies to at least see which opinion garners the most support-Since my vote does count (like yours) lets just say we are starting out at one vote for and one vote against-- Fair enough?
John February 05, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Sarah Franklin demands public hangings and is attempting to peddling influence and hate using a public forum. Sarah Franklin now believes that the law and its penalties are a matter of a vote! Sarah Franklin hasn't got all the facts and has prejudged the verdict. Despite lacking facts and demonstrating extreme prejudice Sarah Franklin is now demanding that people support her racist hate mongering campaign by asking people to pressure the prosecution into spending tremendous amounts of tax dollars just to satisfy her own personal vendetta. SARAH FRANKIN HAS PUBLICLY CALLED FOR THE SUMMARY EXECUTION OF AMERICAN CITIZENS.
kim moore February 05, 2013 at 05:55 PM
John , are you on something? My Lord. These people have been selling all sorts of things to the teenagers / young adults in our community. I hope they don't accept a plea deal myself. I'm not being swayed by anyone except my own conclusion on this situation. They are dealers and just want to make $$$$ with no regards to any human life. If they were on the corner selling crack I would feel the same way. I won't give them my business ever!! I can say that knock on wood none of my kids have been caught up in this poison and I'm very thankful but my heart breaks for the parents that are dealing with this and are trying to get their kids on the right path.
Sarah Franklin February 05, 2013 at 05:59 PM
WOW... I guess I hit a nerve and John doesn't like a democracy where people vote and share ideas <LOL> Instead he and his perverted mind are hellbent on going down a very slippery slope of character assassination with trumped up, inaccurate facts figuring if he assinates my character, his agenda will prevail. Keep gliding John, I wouldn't expect you to do "or say" anything else but we are keeping a scorecard
Sarah Franklin February 05, 2013 at 06:29 PM
As posted by the hate monger John -- "Sarah Franklin demands public hangings and is attempting to peddling influence and hate using a public forum. Sarah Franklin now believes that the law and its penalties are a matter of a vote". John, that is indeed quite a libelous statement when you read it word-for-word against any "opinion" i have ever published. "The possibility of plea bargaining to opt out of a full trial process" is the only point... say that again, only point being addressed in this entire blog. No one, other than John in his delusional world of fabricated facts, has ever said or intimated that the law or the verdict should have a vote. Yet part of the First Amendment, which provides all of us freedom of petition, clearly gives us the right to express opinions about the legal process. This is most definitely NOT intimating what John calls 'extreme prejudice' ... and is clearly a right we can all exercise without fear of penalty.
John February 05, 2013 at 06:40 PM
Go right ahead and file your lol-suit. I find you pathetic, racist and full of hate. I'm not at all interested in your lecture on the law or the US Constitution. Honestly I wish you would make good on your previous promise and stop posting the drivel. Thanks for playing.
Sarah Franklin February 05, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Furthermore there are seven legal case precedents since 1940 where the United States Supreme Court upheld the rights of citizens to petition. Perhaps the most relevant case is ...United States v. Grace (1983) ...where petitioning on the Court steps was the issue at hand. In this case, Congress tried to isolate the U.S. Supreme Court from demonstations or lobbying on the court steps. But the high court held that the acts of distributing leaflets and/or carrying picket signs on the public sidewalk around the building were protected by the First Amendment. This what the hate mongers are arguing against. Perhaps they should simply re-channel their energies on the same days of demonstration to convey their own point of view as they clearly have that right.
John February 05, 2013 at 06:53 PM
Are you mad again Sarah Franklin? Because you sound kinda mad.... Are you going to rage for us again? Can you control yourself long enough to realize you're posting wholly irrelevant drivel? I find your reasoning and opinions completely uninteresting Sarah. Just saying.
Barbara February 05, 2013 at 07:01 PM
The bottom line is that the community protested these businesses due to their selling of K2/Spice. This business has operated within our community for many years, happily taking our cash & making a decent profit. One of the brothers was incredibly indignant and unsympathetic toward the community that had supported & shopped at their business. Then going to a Council meeting & promising to discontinue selling these items. They didn't. They were deceptive and continued to make this garbage available for purchase within OUR community. Had they truly/ honestly meant to discontinue sales they would have asked the Authorities where or how their stock could be disposed of. Instead of supposedly waiting to be told. Our Township has a drug disposal event annually. Their stock could have been surrendered to police to be disposed of or proper arrangement could have been made to utilize the annual & free event. They chose to keep it in storage. Seriously? Businessmen who've run this business for years all of a sudden don't know what to do? A young girl I know was featured on the news. She had called the police, informing them of the continued activity/sales of these illegal products.
Sarah Franklin February 05, 2013 at 07:05 PM
Are you now labeling our constitutional rights and legal cases as ... 'drivel'? Wow... I would love to see if the community at large sides with you on that brilliant point of view as well. Yep, every time your mouth opens, foot just goes in deeper.
Barbara February 05, 2013 at 07:05 PM
This family had evidently given Authorities good reason to conduct their investigation. Investigations have to be approved & wouldn't be without credible information & evidence. Expense, time, and manpower, and the legality issues are massive, these considerations are not taken lightly when approving an investigation. In the end their evidently was enough proof to conduct the raid, arrest the individuals involved & have them charged with crimes. I have to agree that community opinions are taken into consideration. Of course their are many more greedy businesses out there that'll sell this junk. Sadly it can also be bought online. However, citizens in those communities & our country need to take a stand, speak up, and not turn a blind eye and accept the unacceptable.
Barbara February 05, 2013 at 07:08 PM
Everyone is entitled to due process. However, far to many plea deals or reduced sentences are handed down. Some only receive the proverbial slap on the wrist. It's up to us as Citizens to let Officials know loud and clear that it's unacceptable. Put them on trial...let them be found guilty or not by a jury of their peers. This is our Country/communities/home, we elect these Officials....they work for us. Should they not take public opinion into consideration, they should expect to be fired at the next election. I'll send & keep sending letters or emails with my concerns & opinions. It's my right to decide what I want or don't want to live with in my neighborhood. This is one activity/business I deem harmful and unnecessary to to quality of life in our neighborhood.
John February 05, 2013 at 07:10 PM
Oh boy... here comes the butt-hurt. I know you can read Sarah. Maybe you should cool down for a moment and reread what I wrote. Its pretty clear that I said I find YOUR drivel uninteresting.
Taxed Enuff Already February 05, 2013 at 07:14 PM
If Marina was still running the Patch, this thread would have been closed already. Two people endlessly going at each other is just a waste of bandwidth.
Sarah Franklin February 05, 2013 at 07:23 PM
Touch'e Barbara... refreshing to have a dialogue where opinions are founded in facts and reality. On another thought, the most appropriate place to forward the degrading and incriminating posts directed at you over the weekend is directly to Chief Roland Woelkers. If he doesn't have an email, consider sending to Rich Stathakis as this case is very important to him as well, as you probably know by his direct involvement last Spring. I am sure he would be more than happy to forward your captured comments from other related posts on to the Chief.
John February 05, 2013 at 07:26 PM
LOL RAGE MORE SARAH!! YOU SOUND REALLY MAD NOW!! Mommy!! Someone said something didnt like online! Watch out everyone, Sarah is going to file a lol-suit and then demand a PoLOLice investigation!
Barbara February 05, 2013 at 09:45 PM
Sarah, Thank you for your suggestion. I'm of the mindset that our County, Township/City Officials need to hear from concerned citizens. Citizens need to be proactive in their communities. Keep ourselves informed and expect our elected/appointed Officials to do their jobs.
Barbara February 05, 2013 at 10:07 PM
I've moved from areas where citizens became complacent & accepting of the negative changes. Crime rates rose and property values plummeted. What had once been wonderful neighborhoods became overrun by thugs, slumlords, and drugs. Homes seemed to disintegrate over night. Teachers spent more time dealing with troublesome students than they did teaching. I've been here 15 years, my husband 20+. The demographics have changed the past 5 years. Many of our new neighbors longed to get away from the above mentioned they're proud to be part of a safe & well kept community. Others have moved in to get away from the crime....only to be like the people they left behind. That is unacceptable. Unless citizens voice disappointments, concern, and utilize the services their tax dollars pay for ~ more businesses/people will swoop in and add to the activity the Dabish family have been charged with. If I wanted to live in that type of community, I'd go back to the cities of my younger years and stick my head in the sand while attempting to live safely among the danger.
John February 05, 2013 at 11:48 PM
That's totally BRILLIANT. Were secretly collecting comments to share with the PROSECUTOR! Bwahahahahhahaha Be careful now, there are secret agents taking note of that email address you cleverly posted above. Trust nobody, understand? I wouldn't put it past these online counterintelligence agents to infiltrate your email with inquiring messages.
John February 06, 2013 at 12:34 AM
Again I have to remind you that they will be prosecuted in accordance with the law. Not in accordance with your outlandish rhetoric or in accordance with your "concerns". They will not be deported, you have no legal authority to make them leave town. You certainly wont have them hung in public. I support your right to protest and I applaud your effort to help keep the neighborhood safe. I just don't condone the craziness and the soap box preaching. The courthouse is no place for politics or activism, but that's just my opinion. I find that sort of mob mentality disgusting and counterproductive.
Macomb Rocker February 06, 2013 at 12:38 AM
John and Romney 2012 are the same person. The writing is the same. Probably a loyal customer and user to the Dabish drug dealers. Everyone forgot that the family was busted with much more than K2. Actually everyone think, what have they done for this community except create problems? They'll go bye-bye, it just takes a little time.
John February 06, 2013 at 12:43 AM
I'm also Barbara and Sarah and an undercover "agent" collecting sob stories for the lulz FYI
John February 06, 2013 at 12:47 AM
Sounds like you need to smoke a joint. All that and a freedom fighter. Impressive!
John February 06, 2013 at 12:49 AM
Damn that's a great idea. I wonder if they filed a 1099 with the IRS reporting their income from all the drug deals. LMAO!
Jenny Whalen February 06, 2013 at 12:57 AM
I think the above conversation has covered just about everything. We're going to close the comments at this time, but I assure you there will be other opportunities to comment on future stories as this issue moves forward. Should you wish to submit a letter to the editor, please stay within 300 words and email it to jenny.whalen@patch.com.

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