Windsor police busted an alleged drug dealer they say was brazenly peddling pot out of a Wyandotte Street storefront.
Windsor police Chief Al Frederick said this case is an example of people thinking they can get away with dealing weed because the government has said it will start the process of legalizing the drug next year.
“What we think is happening is people are taking advantage of this perceived confusion that it’s going to be legalized and that they’re going to have some sort of sway in the courts, and they’re not,” he said. “This is just trafficking, plain and simple. It will be trafficking in the future and it’s trafficking today and it has nothing to do with anything that’s happening with the federal government or medical marijuana.”
The drug unit executed a search warrant around 2:40 p.m. at Burnies Compassion Society at 490 Wyandotte St. W. A 41-year-old man has been charged with trafficking marijuana and possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking. His name has not been released.
Police said they seized 69 grams of weed, some scales and packaging materials “consistent” with the sale of marijuana. Police seized a relatively small amount of marijuana — it has a $690 street value — but Frederick said there is no minimum threshold for charging someone with trafficking.
“It’s trafficking a narcotic just like any other drug dealer selling from his house or his car,” said Frederick. “This guy was selling from a storefront.”
The business was closed Wednesday. But there was still a notice in the window urging people to “become a member … today.”