LEONI TWP., MI – An arrest warrant has been issued for Leoni Township Board of Trustee Todd Pickett on charges of delivering, possessing and manufacturing a controlled substance.
The warrant was issued Monday, May 19, by the Jackson Narcotic Enforcement Team, according to court documents.
As of 2:30 p.m. Monday, June 2, Pickett had not been taken into custody and had not turned himself in to local law enforcement. Pickett was not immediately available for comment.
Last July, JNET members seized more than 50 pounds of processed marijuana from Sweet Greens, a medical marijuana dispensary and store owned by Pickett in Leoni Township on Fifth Street.
Pickett was elected to the board in 2012. Mike Jester, the Blackman-Leoni Township public safety director, spoke with Pickett after he learned of the warrant. Jester said Pickett plans to turn himself in.
“I read on MLive he had a warrant, and I called him and asked if he was aware,” Jester said. “He said yes, that he just learned today.”
Jester said if Pickett does not turn himself in and shows up at the township’s Tuesday, June 9, board study session, he will arrest him.
Michigan State Police Detective Lt. Dave Cook, who is the commander of JNET, said last year Sweet Greens was still operating as a dispensary, despite a February ruling by the Michigan Supreme Court that said dispensaries were not protected under the state’s medical marijuana law. Shortly after the ruling, Jackson County dispensaries were sent a cease and desist order from the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office.
Last year, Pickett said he closed the doors to his dispensary Feb. 22, 2013, and cleared all “medicine” from the store.
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