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Tip nets drug deal on The Hill


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August 22, 2013
GROSSE POINTE FARMS — A bartender faces a four-year felony for serving drugs behind his employer's jazz club

on the Hill.

A tip generated separate arrests of the bartender and an alleged buyer from Grosse Pointe Park at about 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16.

"I was informed about 2 1/2 weeks ago that there's drug sales behind the (club)," said Grosse Pointe Farms Detective Lt. Richard Rosati. "The informant was explicit."

An undercover officer arrested bartender Norris Oranzo Schell, 44, Detroit, for selling marijuana.

Schell was arraigned Sunday afternoon, Aug. 18, in Farms Municipal Court. The charge carries a maximum penalty of four years in prison.

Farms Judge Matthew Rumora set $5,000, or 10 percent bond, which Schell posted.

The Park man, 34, was arrested outside his house on Whittier.

Police cited him for possessing .28 grams of marijuana, a misdemeanor, and released him on $500 bond.

He's scheduled for arraignment in Farms court Wednesday, Aug. 21, after this week's Grosse Pointe News deadline.

The undercover officer provided details of the alleged transaction.

"From approximately 20 yards and by the aid of binoculars, I observed Schell open the rear lift gate of his (blue 2008 Dodge Durango) and reach inside securing a bag of suspected marijuana," the officer reported.

"I observed (the buyer) pull what appeared to be money from his pocket and exchange it for the suspected marijuana."

The officer followed the suspected buyer's gold 2001 Volkswagen Passat home and arrested him in his driveway.

"Just prior to custody, (he) stated that he had, 'just made a purchase of marijuana at the (club),'" the officer said.

Retuning to the club, the officer escorted Schell outside and arrested him.

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