Items seized in illegal medical marijuana bust. (Courtesy: Van Buren County Sheriff's Department)
SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- Investigators say a South Haven man may face charges for what they call an illegal medical marijuana operation.
On Friday South Haven Police and Van Buren County deputies searched a business called "Tranquility Central" on Second Avenue in South Haven. They found finished product marijuana in bags, cans and jars -- some with labels like "Maui Waui" and "AK47."
Investigators also found packaging materials, a digital scale, business records and a computer. Many of the items were seized.
Narcotics deputies plan to seek charges of illegal delivery/distribution of marijuana against the shop's operator.
Frank Consolino, 23, owns the shop, which he says sells incense, t-shirts and tobacco pipes. Consolino says he also serves medical marijuana patients as a licensed caregiver. He says the operation is legal according to Michigan state law, and that investigators may have violated his Constitutional rights in their search.
Consolino says investigators seized $270 from him and destroyed a single marijuana plant, which he says he was legally authorized by the state to have. Consolino also says officers seized his personal marijuana --he says he is a licensed patient.