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Readers Call for Rally Against Family Accused of Running Drug Enterprise in Shelby

Five members of the Dabish family are facing felony charges stemming from allegations that they sold synthetic marijuana and other drugs from their gas station and smoke shop in Shelby Township.

An organized effort to rally the community against the family accused of selling K2 and other drugs out of a Shelby Township gas station and smoke shop began to manifest itself last weekend in the comments section of a Patch article concerning the case.

From a boycott of the family's Shelby Township businesses, to a rally outside the 41A District Court in opposition of possible plea deals, readers offered a number of suggestions to publicize the case and call for justice.

"As a community we need to rally against these hooligans and demand our local prosecutor to not accept any reduced pleas," wrote Sarah Franklin. "Nothing less than maximum incarceration is acceptable. Lets make sure as many of us as possible contact the Court and the Prosecutor about this."

The Dabish family – a mother, two sons and two grandsons – face multiple felony charges stemming from allegations that they sold K2 and other drugs out of the former Citgo Gas Station, now Express Gas, and Woodstock Smoke Shop on Van Dyke at 21 Mile Road.

The five were arrested in October 2012 after Shelby Township police and federal agents raided the two family businesses and confiscated large quantities of the synthetic drug K2, also known as Spice, which was reportedly being sold even after it was banned in Macomb County. 

Investigators reported the suspects had been distributing synthetic marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, hydrocodone and marijuana out of their stores for several months.

The case against the family was recently postponed until March for purposes of discovery, to which Franklin added:

"That gives us all lots of time to plan for a huge demonstration at the courthouse with the proposed theme being ... Shelby residents against any Dabish plea bargains -- full trial with maximum jail terms for all needs to be our rallying cry!"

Other commenters advocated a boycott of the businesses implicated in the case:

  • "Stop shopping with them, there are plenty of gas stations & smoke shops within a stones throw of them that are happy to serve our community & truly appreciate our patronage," wrote one reader.
  • "Maybe if the community can get together and get many to stand out front of both establishments, people will change their minds on spending any of their legally hard earned money there!" added another.

The gas station and smoke shop were previously the target of a protest in June 2012, during which more than 200 people from across metro Detroit called for both businesses to end their K2 sales.

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What do you think of these "calls to action"? Tell us in the comments.

Macomb Rocker February 06, 2013 at 12:38 AM
John and Romney 2012 are the same person. The writing is the same. Probably a loyal customer and user to the Dabish drug dealers. Everyone forgot that the family was busted with much more than K2. Actually everyone think, what have they done for this community except create problems? They'll go bye-bye, it just takes a little time.
John February 06, 2013 at 12:43 AM
I'm also Barbara and Sarah and an undercover "agent" collecting sob stories for the lulz FYI
John February 06, 2013 at 12:47 AM
Sounds like you need to smoke a joint. All that and a freedom fighter. Impressive!
John February 06, 2013 at 12:49 AM
Damn that's a great idea. I wonder if they filed a 1099 with the IRS reporting their income from all the drug deals. LMAO!
Jenny Whalen February 06, 2013 at 12:57 AM
I think the above conversation has covered just about everything. We're going to close the comments at this time, but I assure you there will be other opportunities to comment on future stories as this issue moves forward. Should you wish to submit a letter to the editor, please stay within 300 words and email it to jenny.whalen@patch.com.

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