Two arrested for illegal marijuana sales

June 22, 2012

Two owners of the Mid-Michigan Care Givers Club in Harrison were arrested June 14 for illegal sales of Marijuana.

According to a release from the Clare County Sheriff’s Department, Billie Jo, 36, and Donald Ray Hogan, 39, were arrested as the result of an ongoing investigation. Detectives said they have received numerous complaints about the Care Givers Club selling Marijuana out of the Hayes Township business to individuals who were not patients of the care giver.

In a Facebook interview with Clare County Review Editor Mike Wilcox, Donald Hogan said he and his wife “were not selling to non-patients.” He said, “This is not true and we are going to fight it to the Supreme Court if need be.”

He said he and his wife were arrested to selling to non-patients and for delivery, but had only met with an elderly woman whose caregiver had died to see about transferring her to his care. “We have only tried to help out our community by offering a much needed legal service.” He said at the time of his arrest there was only one plant and two ounces of Marijuana found, much less than they are legally allowed. He said he didn’t know why his vehicle was confiscated.

Hogan said he uses Medical Marijuana to relieve the pain from anklylosing spondylitis, a long-term disease that causes inflammation of the joints between the spinal bones, and the joints between the spine and pelvis. It eventually causes the affected spinal bones to join together.

Hogan said he lost his sister Vickie Lynn Hogan (November 28, 1967 – February 8, 2007), better known Anna Nicole Smith, an American model, sex symbol, actress and television personality who died of an overdose of prescription drugs at 39. He said she died in 2007 at the same age as he is now and may have had the same disease.

Smith was a Playboy Bunny, Playmate of the Year in 1993 and seven movies, seven television shows (including the reality show “Anna Nicole”), and was featured in four music videos. She was married several times including to oil billionaire J. Howard Marshall, and most recently informally married to Howard Stern.

The Hogan couple were arraigned in 80th District Court June 15 and each charged with one count of controlled substance, delivery, manufacture of Marijuana; and one count of conspiracy to commit controlled substance, delivery, and manufacture of Marijuana. In addition to count one, Donald Hogan was charged with aiding and abetting.

The investigation and surveillance led to witnesses and to search warrants for the business and a residence in Hayes Township, where “a large amount of Marijuana money and a vehicle were seized, the CCSD release said.

Bond was set for Donald Hogan at $3,500/ten percent and for Billie Jo Hogan was set at $3,000/ten percent. The Hogans posted bond and were released.

A preliminary exam has been set for June 25 on the charges.

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