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Former Birmingham mayor arrested on meth charge

Hometownlife.com, September 6, 2013

The arrest of former Birmingham Mayor Seth Chafetz for possession of methamphetamine has left the community stunned.

“You’re never shocked anymore, but certainly I was surprised,” City Commissioner Tom McDaniel said of the news. “It’s a tragedy, a personal tragedy. I’m sure everyone feels bad about it.”

Chafetz, 53, was arraigned Aug. 28 in 48th District Court on one count of possession of methamphetamine/ecstasy, a 10-year felony. His bond was set at $10,000 pending a Sept. 23 pretrial hearing before Judge Kim Small.

The arrest is the result of a continued investigation by the Oakland County Narcotics Enforcement Team. Officers developed information that two individuals were selling meth at an address on Hickory Bend Circle in Bloomfield Township.

On Aug. 16, a $100 worth of meth was purchased at the address on Hickory Bend Circle. Following that, a search warrant was obtained and a raid conducted on the house.

The raid produced 3.5 grams of meth, a gram of marijuana, numerous syringes and a small amount of cash. Other evidence collected at the scene is being analyzed to determine if the meth was cooked at the home.

Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard said over the past year there’s been a noticeable spike in the use of meth throughout the entire region.

“Our crime lab used to average maybe one case a month – they’re now at five, and that’s from this past week,” he said Thursday. “It’s an extremely addictive and volatile drug.”

On Thursday, police were still looking for the other individual who was at the house, Brian Edward Brooks. The 40-year-old Ferndale man refused to turn himself in and is now a wanted fugitive in connection with the case.

An arrest warrant for Brooks was issued for possession of heroin less than 25 grams (a four-year felony) and possession of marijuana. He fled before police could arrest him and law enforcement believes he is in the Western US.

A $1,000 cash reward is offered for a tip that leads to his arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800 SPEAK UP.