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3 Flint men charged in conspiracy to rob marijuana grow operation

Men accused of attempting to steal marijuana from home

Themen named in the federal indictment includePaul Drinkwine, Justin Cooper, and John Williams.
Themen named in the federal indictment includePaul Drinkwine, Justin Cooper, and John Williams. (iStock/junial)

DETROIT – An indictment was unsealed Monday charging three Flint men with conspiring to rob a Sanilac County marijuana grow operation, announced U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider.

Joining Schneider in the announcement was Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Timothy R. Slater.

The men named in the federal indictment include Paul Drinkwine, Justin Cooper, and John Williams. The indictment alleges that on Nov. 19, 2017 the defendants and others traveled from Flint to a residence in Sanilac County in order steal marijuana and marijuana proceeds.

The indictment also alleges that the men covered their faces, put on gloves, and brandished firearms as they approached the home.

The men forcibly entered the home and shot the homeowner in the leg. The homeowner survived. Another resident of the home shot and killed two of the intruders.

The indictment further alleges that the men conspired to distribute the marijuana after the robbery, and that they used their firearms during and in relation to the attempted robbery and conspiracy to distribute the marijuana.

“Drugs are a magnet for violence, and all too often that violence is perpetrated with a gun. Our office will continue to work with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to target violent criminals who use guns to achieve their selfish ends,” said Schneider.

Anyone with information regarding others involved in this incident may contact the FBI Flint Field Office at 810-239-5775.


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