Former state Rep. Schmidt’s property searched by narcotics team

Posted at 7:17 PM, Jun 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-10 19:17:27-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Kent County Narcotics Team and undercover agents searched two locations connected to former Michigan state representative Roy Schmidt, according to public records.

On Wednesday, authorities searched a property in the 800 block of Myrtle Street NW and also searched a home in the 700 block of Seventh Street NW, both in Grand Rapids. Police told FOX 17 NEWS that they believe both cases are related.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Department said warrants were issued after a two-month-long investigation.

Police told FOX 17 NEWS that no one is in danger and no arrests have been made.

When Schmidt ran for re-election to the Michigan House of Representatives representing the 76th District in Grand Rapids in 2012, he switched from the Democrat to Republican party just before the filing deadline, a move that forced the Democrats to post a write-in candidate in the primary. Schmidt went on to defeat Bing Goei in the primary and then lost to Winnie Brinks in the general election.

Also in 2012, the Michigan Department of State investigated Schmidt’s actions after receiving a report from Kent County Prosecutor William Forsyth. Forsyth claimed that Schmidt had violated the Michigan Campaign Finance Act  by allegedly paying Matt Mojzak to run against Schmidt in the general election.

The Department of State found that although Schmidt’s campaign may have offered to give Mojzak $450, there was not sufficient enough evidence that the funds were actually transferred. Schmidt’s campaign allegedly increased the offer to $1,000 when Mojzak withdrew after originally filing for candidacy.

According to the Department of State, “The dismissal of this complaint must not be misconstrued as condoning Representative Schmidt’s actions.”

Schmidt is also a former member of the Grand Rapids City Commission.