Former Packard Plant owner charged with hiding drug ring

The former owner of the Packard Plant now charged in federal court.

Investigators say Romeo Casab used one of his investment properties to hide a local drug ring and pocketed a lot of cash in the deal.

Casab was indicted on federal court Thursday and according to the indictment is accused of using his businesses as a front for a drug operation.

Investigators say between 2009 and 2011, Casab used a building on North Line Road in Romulus as a marijuana grow house.

When busted on April 12, 2011, the indictment alleges that investigators found all sorts of evidence including marijuana grow equipment, and 374 marijuana plants.

"I mean he's been charged with running this huge big drug organization," said attorney Mike Rataj. "There's no facts to support it. Period. You know, obviously I'm not going to trial my case here on the street corner, but you're asking me a question and the answer is, there are no facts to support the allegations."

The indictment also states that Casab collected at least $20,000 in rent payments from people growing the pot.

Casab, a convicted felon, was also busted on a firearm possession charge.

Despite all of these allegations, Casab's attorney is confident that his client will walk away a free man.

"I'm going to show that the documents that have been prepared by some of the police officers and agents involved in this investigation are lying," Rataj said.

FOX 2: "Why do you believe they're lying?"

"Well because I know the true facts," Rataj said.

Casab was released on a $10,000 unsecured bond, the terms of his bond are standard. He must not have any firearms inside his home and he must surrender his passport.

A date hasn't been set yet on when he'll be back in court.
 

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