SWARTZ CREEK — Connie Penfold, manager of Bee Safe Storage, was surprised two weeks ago when “a real nice gentleman” came to her Lennon Road business with a search warrant. She was even more surprised last week when DEA agents found 710 pounds of marijuana in a Flint man’s 10-by-10-foot storage unit.
“It’s very quite out here,” she said.
A DEA spokesman in Detroit said “I can’t confirm nor deny that there’s an on-going investigation.” However, according to Federal court documents, William Lott of Flint is set for a preliminary examination at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 28 before Magistrate Judge Hluchaniuk.
“I had no idea what was in there,” said Penfold, noting people who rent units at Bee Safe have 24-hour access.
She said after an agent came to the business Jan. 27 they came back with a drug-sniffing dog a week later. After the dog alerted on Lott’s storage unit, two agents came back, cut the lock off the unit and found 710 pounds for marijuana.
Penfold said the agents tried to lure Lott to the business by pretended to be security, but Lott sent someone else to replace the lock.
Penfold said she’s managed the business on the 6300 block of Lennon Road for about a year and a half and has never had anything like this happen before.
Lott is facing federal drug charges.