Fenton Road Tavern owner charged in one of Genesee County's largest drug busts

FLINT (WJRT) (11/5/2018) - The owner of Fenton Road Tavern is facing charges after what Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell is calling one of the county's largest drug busts ever.

Gene Reid, owner of Fenton Road Tavern in Flint.

Police say 71-year-old Gene Reid was using the bar to operate a major criminal enterprise involving a large-scale prescription drug dealing ring with thousands of pills and hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Pickell said the bar may have been running a human trafficking operation, as well.

Pickell said Reid and two other employees at the bar used the business as a money laundering operation to conceal the drug dealing. In addition to selling thousands of illegal pills, police say the bar had an illegal check cashing scheme and also was involved in Bridge Card fraud.

Investigators spent two days raiding the bar after a six-month investigation. Pickell said they located 2,000 Vicodin pills, $300,000 in cash, Bridge Cards, guns and canceled checks.

Reid is facing five charges, including possession with intent to deliver hydrocodone. He posted $50,000 bond and was released from custody awaiting further court proceedings.

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