One arrested, one fleeing in Lake Orion drug bust
Both suspects were leasing home from out-of-state-owner to manufacture marijuana
February 16, 2011 - By Gabriel Ouzounian
|Damon Gregory-Dale Granger, 34 (click for larger version)|
Review staff writer
Someone was allegedly producing marijuana in Lake Orion's downtown area.
On Thursday, Jan. 27, Lake Orion Police with search warrant in hand, entered a home on Central Drive and discovered 84 marijuana plants and plant growing equipment.
|Angela Faye Janovich, 36 (click for larger version)|
There was no evidence to suggest that anyone was living at the home.
Lake Orion Police Chief Jerry Narsh believes that the evidence suggests the property was being used for the sole purpose of growing marijuana.
"The house is a lake front, single family residence in close proximity to other homes in a quiet and peaceful neighborhood," said Narsh. "Our investigation has identified two individuals as responsible parties.
"The owner of the property, who lives out of state, had leased the home for residential purposes specifically to these individuals."
On Friday, Feb. 11, Damon Gregory-Dale Granger, 34, of Byron was arrested after the investigation, while the second suspect, Angela Faye Janovich, 36, also of Byron, remains at large. Narsh asked that anyone with information on the whereabouts of Janovich contact their local police department or Lake Orion police.
Janovich, a white female, is about 5'-4", weighing approximately 120 lb. with blue eyes and brown hair.
Granger was arrested as he was leaving his current place of residence - Genesee County Jail. He was part of a work release program that allows prisoners to leave their confinement for the day to work, returning at the day's end. Granger was in custody since December 26 of 2010 for the manufacture and delivery of marijuana.
"As ironic as it appears, Mr. Granger has been in jail for illegally growing and selling marijuana, and he was allowed to participate in the work release program," said Narsh. "It would appear that his day job was illegally growing marijuana."
Granger was arraigned on Friday, Feb. 11 at the 52/3 district court before Judge Nancy Carniak. He was released after posting a $25,000 bond, paid in cash.
During the pre-exam conference on Tuesday, Feb. 15, the defense opted to waive the "14-day rule" which dictates that a preliminary exam must be held within 14 days of arraignment.
The preliminary exam is currently scheduled for Tuesday, March 15.