By Lisa Yanick-Jonaitis, The Morning Sun
Police used evidence from two “trash pulls” to obtain search warrants for a home and a business, the execution of which led to the arrests of two people in Shepherd Tuesday.
Steven Anthony Fisher and Leslie Fisher, both 49, were arrested after officers from the Bay Area Narcotics Enforcement Team raided both their home at 316 N. 3rd St. and a business at 432 N. 4th St., according to court records.
Several firearms including hand guns and shotguns, two cars, scales, phones, computers and more were seized during the raid at the home, including “over 24” marijuana plants and processed marijuana, according to court documents.
That processed marijuana was listed on court documents as five to 45 kilograms, equal to about 11 to 99 pounds. It included 11 vacuum-sealed pounds of marijuana, 68 mason jars containing four ounces of marijuana each, and marijuana on dying and hanging racks.
At the business, police found what was identified as a “marijuana/THC extraction lab.” They seized grow equipment, a hash oven, extraction tubes, pumps, scales, marijuana wax, a snow mobile and another vehicle, according to court records.
Marijuana wax was stored in pizza boxes in the building, and the hash oven was on with a rack of hash oil drying inside, according to court documents.
Both of the Fishers are valid medical marijuana patient card holders, which allows them to possess 12 marijuana plants each, according to court documents.
Steven Fisher admitted to both growing marijuana and making wax, and told police he knew he was over his allowed amount of marijuana, but said he was not able to get rid of it, according to court records.
“He has tried to sell the marijuana at dispensaries, but stated no one will buy it,” court records read.
Steven Fisher also admitted to police that a batch of marijuana wax was in the oven but denied selling wax, according to court documents.
Leslie Fisher told police she smoked marijuana and was aware of a grow operation in the garage, but was unsure how many plants or how much processed marijuana was inside.
She denied using or knowing about the marijuana wax, according to court documents.
Steven Fisher faces four felony charges including three counts of delivering or manufacturing a controlled substance and one felony firearms charge, as well as two misdemeanor charges for maintaining a drug house.
Leslie Fisher faces three felony charges including two counts of delivering or manufacturing a controlled substance and one felony firearms charge, as well as one misdemeanor for maintaining a drug house.
Both were arraigned Wednesday afternoon and are scheduled for probable cause hearings April 21 at the Isabella County Courthouse.