Reed City man gets jail time for marijuana grow operation

Todd Michael Postema
Todd Michael Postema

REED CITY — A Reed City man was sentenced to jail Friday in Osceola County’s 49th Circuit Court for his crimes involving marijuana.

Todd Michael Postema, 45, was arrested and charged in January on various offenses involving the illegal growth and sale of marijuana.

As part of a plea agreement with the Osceola County Prosecutor’s Office, Postema pleaded guilty to two counts of delivering/manufacturing marijuana and one count of maintaining a drug house. In exchange for his plea, the prosecutor’s office dismissed one count of delivery/manufacture of marijuana 5-45 kilograms, one count of using a computer to commit a crime and one count of felony firearm.

On Friday, Judge Scott Hill-Kennedy sentenced Postema to 60 days in jail and two years of probation. As part of the plea agreement, Postema’s jail time was capped at three months.

Before Postema was sentenced, his attorney Steven Benson told the judge Postema was “one of the most remorseful clients I’ve ever had” and advocated for some type of sentence where jail time wouldn’t have to be served in a 90-day block in order to preserve his employment.

Postema also addressed the court, apologizing for his actions and saying he is now a better person.

“I’m very sorry for what I did,” Postema said.

Benson also asked Hill-Kennedy to allow his client to report to jail on Monday in order to complete a work-related job over the weekend. However, Hill-Kennedy denied that request.

“This was foreseeable that you’d have to report to jail today and there needs to be a meaningful consequence,” Hill-Kennedy said.

The judge also noted Postem could get out of jail sooner if he receives credit for good time served at the jail. Postema also was ordered to pay fines and court costs.

Postema was arrested as a result of a three-month-long investigation by the Traverse Narcotics Team (TNT). With the assistance of the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and the Michigan State Police — Mount Pleasant Post, a search warrant was executed at a home in Reed City.

Police found an illegal grow operation at the home, resulting in TNT detectives seizing 21 marijuana plants, processed marijuana packaged for sale, a firearm and several items believed to be affiliated with narcotics trafficking.