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Former Detroit-area mayor arrested on drug charges

A former politician and figure skating coach in a Detroit suburb has been arraigned on a drug possession charge after, police say, he was present at a house where methamphetamine was sold. The suspect is not currently facing drug trafficking charges, though he could be sentenced to up to 10 years on the possession charge alone.

The defendant's arrest likely surprises many people in Birmingham, where he served as a city commissioner for four years. He took over as mayor for a year before losing his bid for re-election. He is also known for working as a youth figure skating coach. Among his former skaters are a pair of Olympic silver medalists.

Police claim that an undercover officer purchased $100 worth of meth at a home in Bloomfield Township. The officer says that the defendant was the person who sold him the drugs. The purchase led to a raid of the property. Officers allegedly seized meth, marijuana, a small amount of cash and drug paraphernalia.

Despite the undercover officer's claims, the defendant has not been charged with drug trafficking. It is possible that more charges are pending, but it may also be that there is not sufficient evidence to charge him.

However, the charge of possession of meth is a felony, with a possible maximum sentence of 10 years. He was being held on $10,000 bond as of Sep. 10.

A drug conviction in Michigan can lead to serious penalties, such as prison time. It is important that anyone arrested on suspicion of drug possession or trafficking speak with a defense attorney before answering questions from the police.

Source: Detroit Free Press, "Former Birmingham mayor accused of possessing meth, ecstasy," Bill Laitner and Jay Grossman, Sep. 10, 2013

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