Berrien Springs man arrested in pot bustPublished 12:21pm Wednesday, February 24, 2010
A Berrien Springs man was arrested Monday night after a search warrant was executed for suspected illegal drug activity at his residence.
Richard Allen Collier, 50, of 5997 Snyder Rd. is charged with manufacturing marijuana; possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver; maintaining a drug house; and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
The Berrien County Sheriff Department’s Narcotics Unit, with assistance from the Berrien County Sheriff Department’s Road Patrol, executed a search warrant at 7:45 p.m. for illegal narcotics at 5997 Snyder Rd. following a week-long investigation into suspected narcotic activity at this residence. At the time of the search warrant execution, Collier was inside of the residence.
During the execution of the search warrant, the officers located 89 live, mature marijuana plants (according to the United States Drug Enforcement Agency, a mature marijuana plant is capable of producing $1,000 worth of marijuana).
The officers also located and seized approximately $4,000 worth of processed marijuana as well as other evidence of illegal narcotic trafficking.
The officers also located and seized two firearms from inside of this residence.
Under the State of Michigan’s civil forfeiture law, the officers located and seized $341 in cash and miscellaneous pieces of lighting fixtures, which were used in the indoor manufacturing of marijuana. The officers also seized a 1995 Chevrolet Blazer under the civil forfeiture law.
Collier was lodged at the Berrien County Jail pending his arraignment in Berrien County Trial Courts.