Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Two Shelby Township detectives testified about the raid on the family's gas station and smoke shop during the preliminary exam for Derick Dabish.
Five members of the Dabish family accused of selling K2 and other drugs out of a Shelby Township gas station and smoke shop were bound over Wednesday to stand trial in Macomb Circuit Court. Only one of the members of the family chose to have a preliminary exam before 41-A District Court Judge Douglas Shepherd. Derick Dabish, 31, who is in state custody for an alleged parole violation, chose to have his preliminary exam in district court. Macomb Assistant Prosecutor William Dailey called two Shelby Township detectives to the stand who recounted the Oct. 31 raid and investigation of the former Citgo Gas Station on Van Dyke Avenue and 21 Mile Road and Woodstock Tobacco, which is in the adjoining plaza. In questioning by Dailey, chief of the…
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Six members of the Dabish family charged with selling K2 and other drugs out of their Shelby Township gas station and smoke shop will have a preliminary exam Wednesday in 41-A District Court.
Members of the Dabish family, who are charged with selling K2 and other illegal drugs from their Shelby Township gas station and smoke shop, will be in court Wednesday for a preliminary exam. Six members of the family—a mother, two sons and two grandsons—are facing a number of felony drug charges including delivering and manufacturing controlled substances, maintaining a drug house and possession of a controlled substance. The original court date of March 28 was adjourned due to a serious illness, The Oakland Press reported. The case dates back to October when officers confiscated large quantities of the synthetic drug K2, also known as Spice, from the family's Shelby Township gas station and smoke shop. Expected in court Wednesday are …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Community members looking to raise awareness of the ongoing synthetic drug problem in Shelby Township are planning a rally for March 28 outside 41A District Court.
When the family accused of selling K2 and other drugs out of a Shelby Township gas station and smoke shop return to court this month, they will be met with an audience rallying for their prosecution. More than two dozen residents from Shelby Township, Utica and neighboring communities gathered Monday at King of Kings Church on Schoenherr to discuss the growing issue of synthetic drugs and formulate a game plan to address the sale and use of these substances on a local level. “If we work together, I think we can make a difference,” said Shelby Township resident Bill Miskokomon, who organized a rally outside Express Gas and Woodstock Tobacco last year. “We need to show the state we’re not playing around and we want this out of our …
Monday, March 4, 2013
“We’re working with the prosecutor and state crime lab and we’re asking parents to be vigilant with their kids," Police Chief Roland Woelkers said.
Since orchestrating the largest narcotics bust in Shelby Township history last Halloween, police have made the search for synthetic marijuana a part of their regular patrol duties. And while things have been fairly quiet since that landmark event, which saw five members of the Dabish family arrested, Chief Roland Woelkers said the issue of synthetic marijuana remains high on the department’s radar. “We’re regularly checking businesses and there are some things we’ve found that we’re not comfortable or happy with, but the state health department and state crime lab have not determined them to be illegal,” Woelkers said. While state law now bans the sale of K2, Spice and similar synthetic drugs, manufacturers are continuing to develop new …
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Monique Stanton President and CEO of CARE, a center for substance abuse treatment for Macomb County residents, thanks legislators for banning K2.
I commend the efforts of Macomb County officials, our state legislatures, and Governor Snyder for banning the sale of synthetic drugs, such as K2 or Spice. The community response to stop the use of these substances and keep our community safe has been outstanding. This ban sends a clear message to youth and young adults that these substances are dangerous and not safe for consumption. CARE of Southeastern Michigan is the access center for substance abuse treatment for Macomb County residents and a leader in providing substance abuse prevention education in the community. Over the last few months, we have seen an increase in calls from individuals seeking help related to the use of K2 or Spice. Parents have also been contacting the …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
A Shelby Township father and the township supervisor joined Gov. Rick Snyder as he signed a package of bills outlawing K2.
Gov. Rick Snyder signed a package of bills banning the sale of synthetic marijuana Tuesday afternoon. Four bills were signed into law that ban K2, Spice and other synthetic drugs including "bath salts" to be sold at stores in Michigan. It will also make it illegal for anyone to carry the substances. The new laws will go into effect July 1. Under one of the bills, which went into effect immediately, the director of the Michigan Department of Community Health will also be able to ban any substance considered to be an immediate threat to public health after consulting with the Michigan Board of Pharmacy. Shelby Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis and Bill Miskokoman, a local father who started a grassroots movement to ban the sale of K2, …
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
The Utica City Council passed an ordinance banning the sale and possession of Spice and K2 after the mayor called the usage among teens "an epidemic."
The Utica City Council voted unamiously to approve a resolution Tuesday that bans the sale, possession and trafficking of K2, also known as Spice in the city. Police Chief Dave Faber said the ordinance is modeled off of Shelby Township ordinance banning K2, which was approved last week during a Board of Trustees meeting. "We did a little tweaking. I believe this will satisfy the needs (of the City) so we can take the aggressive actions that we have to," said Faber. The ordinance re-instates that Utica will support Macomb County's order prohibiting businesses from selling K2. Macomb County officials said that it is now a misdemeanor to sell K2 in Macomb County, and under the order, businesses that sell K2, also known as Spice, or any other …
Friday, June 8, 2012
Addiction team from the Brighton Center for Recovery Hospital answers viewers questions during live web chat. Check out the chat transcript.
It was a lively and infomative debate between viewers and a team of addiction specialists from the Brighton Center for Recovery Tuesday during the one-hour live web chat on about K2 on Patch.com. Dr. David Yanga, addictionoligist and family practitioner, along with John Furey, Brighton counseling supervisor and Scott Masi, Brighton addiction outreach specialist, were on hand from noon to 1 p.m. to field readers' questions. To read a transcript of the chat, click on the Cover It Live box. For more information, visit the Brighton Center for Recovery Hospital.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
With so much being said in the media about Spice, Patch takes a look at some cold hard facts about the synthetic drug. Also, listen to a young adult's first-hand account with the deadly substance.
It’s been cited as the cause of 18-year-old Bloomfield Township resident Oliver Smith’s death and is alleged to have influenced 19-year-old Farmington Hills resident Tucker Cipriano’s fatal attack on his family. It’s called Spice, or K2, but what exactly is this increasingly infamous substance? The National Institute on Drug Abuse defines “Spice,” as “a wide variety of herbal mixtures that produce experiences similar to marijuana (cannabis) and that are marketed as ‘safe,’ legal alternatives to that drug.” However, NIDA, law enforcement officials and doctors in the Metro Detroit area say the substance is anything but “safe.” Although Spice is commonly defined as “synthetic marijuana,” Dr. Sanford Vieder, director of Botsford Hospital's …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
After hearing parents plea, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees passed an ordinance banning the sale and possession of Spice and K2 in the township.
The Shelby Township Board of Trustees voted Tuesday evening to enact an ordinance and a resolution banning the sale and possession of K2, also known as Spice in the township. The ordinance re-instates Shelby Township's promise to support Macomb County's order prohibiting businesses from selling K2. Macomb County officials announced during a press conference Monday that it is now a misdemeanor to sell K2 in Macomb County, and under the order, businesses that sell K2, also known as Spice, or any other synthetic drug, could face a misdemeanor charge punishable by up to six months in jail or a $200 fine. All Spice is to be immediately removed from store shelves. Shelby Township's ordinance goes a step further and clarifies that people who …