Deputies search shop over medical marijuana

4:15 PM, Apr 13, 2012   |    comments
Items seized in illegal medical marijuana bust. (Courtesy: Van Buren County Sheriff's Department)
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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.

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