A Traverse City man was arrested Wednesday for his connection to a multi-county drug-trafficking ring accused of illegally growing and selling marijuana throughout Michigan. Douglas Lee Harjer, a Grand Haven-based developer who maintains a second residence on Smokey Hollow Road in Traverse City, is one of 27 suspects named in a federal criminal complaint alleging that participants sold high-grade marijuana for up to $3,200 a pound while pretending to be a legitimate medical marijuana dispensary called Medical Marijuana Team (MMT). In the criminal complaint, it is noted that electricity usage at Harjer's Traverse City residence was approximately 8,000 KWH during the last month, usage "consistent with the maintenance of a marijuana manufacturing operation."
More than a dozen law enforcement agencies, lead by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Kent Area Narcotics Team (KANT), participated in the investigation called "Operation High Mileage," which has been surveilling the group since August 2012. Agencies served 28 search warrants on Wednesday on individuals from Kent, Muskegon, Oceana, Grand Traverse and Ottawa counties, seizing more than 500 plants and other illegal assets. Those arrested were taken to the Kent County jail and arraigned Thursday on federal drug charges.