Clinton Co. Family Arrested in Marijuana Grow

By: Tim Gillette
By: Tim Gillette

CLINTON COUNTY - A substantial marijuana growing operation has been discovered in Clinton County. The sheriff's office reports that on a tip, deputies raided a home in the 7900 block of Francis Road in Riley Township Friday. In the basement they say they discovered an extensive and sophisticated marijuana growing operation using hydroponics, along with heat lamps and other marijuana growing apparatus. In all they seized 230 grams of what the Sheriff described as high quality processed marijuana, as well as 32 mature plants and stripped marijuana leaves.
The sheriff says the grow operation appears to be a family affair. Arrested were Daniel Olger, 49, his wife Lisa Marie Olger, 46, and their 22-year-old son Kiefer. All three are charged with manufacturing marijuana, and being held on $100,000 bond.

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  • by Anonymous on Apr 6, 2011 at 02:11 AM
    The law is finding the fine line and doing extra investigation before tbey make bust like this. The legal MM law makes things tougher for the police but even tougher for those who ignore all of the laws.
  • by Dan Location: DeWitt on Apr 5, 2011 at 07:25 PM
    To all the armchair lawyers commenting that Clinton County could be sued, check your facts. Federal law trumps state law. Possession and distribution is still against the law federally. So, even IF they were registered "caregivers" under state law, they would still be in violation federally. Clinton County is safe from all civil liability in this case. Thank you to the CCSO, we don't want people growing dope in our county.
  • by molson Location: lansing on Apr 5, 2011 at 03:44 AM
    if they are caregivers then clinton county is in violation of state law and will end up being sued
  • by anonymous2 Location: lansing on Apr 4, 2011 at 03:35 PM
    There was nothing said in the story if they were registered in the michigan medical marijuana program. I certainly hope they weren't because if they were what a great tragedy! If they were operating illegaly then shame on them because its too easy to follow the rules of Michigans program.
  • by Monster Location: Lansing on Apr 4, 2011 at 03:16 PM
    Let's see. If they were all three legal card carrying medical marijuana patients and or caregivers, they were 4 plants short of being illegal by the state law, but 20 grams over the legal limit for dried product. Looks like whoever turned them in was trying to get rid of their competition. Growing marijuana is a multi million dollar business in Michigan, and the competition is tough, and getting tougher every single day. On another note...there were a couple of editorials in Sundays paper stating there were over 200,000 medical marijuana patients in the state so far. Hmmmwas has the state done with the more than 20 million dollars it's collected from those patients?
  • by Jessica Location: Lansing on Apr 4, 2011 at 03:06 PM
    1st question: were they caregivers?
    230 grams is less than 10oz, a caregiver with 5 associated patients can possess up to 12.5 oz and grow 60 plants.
    2nd question: was this a "tip" or someone upset with their caregiver?
    If both adults were qualified caregivers, then they are both well under their numbers and should not be harrassed any further or portrayed as operating a major growing operation.
    Hey a crossing guard was assulted by parents OH... AND Japan is still in crisis. Let's focus on something worthwhile.
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      by molson on Apr 5, 2011 at 03:37 AM in reply to Jessica
      agreed if they were caregivers clinton county will be nailed with a laww suit they can not afford
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