Neighbor of Pot Suspect Recalls Raid

Posted at 11:34 PM, Oct 17, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-17 23:35:44-04

KENT COUNTY, Mich — Gale Soules told FOX 17 that he was enjoying his typical Wednesday morning routine in his Kent County home, when his wife informed him of the comotion next door.

“I was having coffee and my wife was leaving for work and she got out of the driveway, stopped the car, came in the house and says ‘there’s cop cars all over the place,’” said Soules.

Soules also said he watched from a distance while the DEA and 15 other law enforcement agencies raided the home of his neighbor, Braden Kasper. Kasper was one of 25 arrests made during “Operation High Mileage” in which more than 500 marijuana plants were confiscated.

“I stopped and asked the kids that were at the house what was going on. They really had no idea. I said is it something to do with the medical marijuana, they said yah,” said Soules.

Soules says law enforcement spent about three hours at the house collecting evidence.

“All the officers were here in the driveway and they backed the pickup truck against the boat, pulled the boat out, took the two trailers that we here. Garage door was open, stuff was piled up in a big heap in the middle,” said Soules.

There were 28 search warrants executed at different locations around West Michigan on Wednesday.