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Holly and Groveland Township raids yield two arrests, pills, pot, and $26K

Written by Amy Mayhew   
Monday, May 07 2012

Christopher Brian Woodworth

GROVELAND TOWNSHIP, Michigan – A Crime Stoppers’ tip and the help of an informant enabled the Oakland County Sheriff’s Narcotics Enforcement Team to nab two suspects, and seize over $26,000 in cash, nearly a pound of marijuana, marijuana plants, an assortment of unpackaged prescription pills, cell phones and other drug paraphernalia in three separate raids conducted late last week.

Undersheriff Michael McCabe said the Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) led an investigation into a drug trafficking organization in which it was believed narcotics were being sold and distributed under the guise of a medical marijuana patient/caregiver scenario. As a result of the investigation, officers learned that one of the suspects was delivering marijuana to more than 30 different individuals.

On Friday, May 4, officers executed three search warrants – the first on Cogshall Street in Holly Township, and the second and third occurring in two separate homes located in a Dixie Highway trailer park in Groveland Township.

Robert Joseph Ray
As a result, officers arrested Christopher Brian Woodworth, 24 and Robert Joseph Ray, 23 both residents of Groveland Township. Over the weekend, both suspects were arraigned before Oakland County 52-1 District Court Magistrate Judith Holtz. The men were each charged with one count of Delivery/Manufacture Marijuana, a four-year felony, with Holtz setting Woodworth’s bond at $25,000 and Ray’s at $5,000. Both men are currently lodged in the Oakland County Jail.

Future court dates are yet to be scheduled at the Oakland County 52-2 District Court.

Since 2001, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office has led the led the NET with a highly cooperative working relationship with all federal and local police departments.  In 2010, the NET unit worked closely with the Drug Enforcement Agency to successfully disrupt and dismantle 42 drug trafficking organizations.  

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