From Michigan Live:
Members of a local family said they are upset after eight BAYANET officers broke open their front door Monday night, ransacking the home to seize marijuana, cash and property.
Pot supporters, some from outside of Saginaw County, responded to offer support to the family.
Richard Markva, 42, lives in the home with his children, Tyler Markva, 17, Brittney Markva, 22, and Brittney’s 2-year-old daughter, Areigha.
Brittney Markva said she was sleeping and awoke as Bay Area Narcotics Enforcement Team officers used a battering ram to knock down the front door.
An officer with a rifle drawn led the team of officers through the front door, Tyler Markva said. He was put on the ground and handcuffed while the officers searched the home.
They were looking for drugs and had a warrant, searching the home to find marijuana in a few locations, totaling about 22 grams, Brittney Markva said, along with two digital scales and a pipe.
The officers seized the marijuana and about $1,000 cash Brittney Markva had in her purse and took her safety deposit box information, seizing about $3,000 she had at a bank. They also took a lease agreement and documents related to a new business that she was working to open in Bay City.
A BAYANET official confirmed that the agency executed a search warrant for narcotics at the Saginaw township home but could not comment further on the ongoing investigation.
She said she earned the money legally with a steady job, and she declined to share where she works.
Fortunately, the Bay Area Narcotics Enforcement Team doesn’t get a free pass in the media or from informed Michiganders (Michiganities?):
Charmie Gholson of Ann Arbor, founder of Michigan Moms United to end the War on Drugs, also came to the Saginaw Township home Tuesday.
Gholson is against asset forfeiture and believes law enforcement agencies target individuals with assets for raids.
Gholson thinks asset forfeiture should come only after a conviction. She was at the home to speak with the family and offer support and guidance.
I’ve had the pleasure of corresponding with Charmie Gholson for a while now on forfeiture issues; she is a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and founder of Michigan Moms United to End the War on Drugs.