Drugs, weapons found at Highland Twp. adult care home

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News
Angela Cockerham and Russell Cockerman, who have been charged in connection with having drugs and weapons at the adult assisted living home they managed.

Two Highland Township residents have been charged after authorities found a large cache of drugs and weapons at the home they were using as an adult assisted living facility, sheriff's officials announced Tuesday.

The Oakland County Narcotic Enforcement Team executed a search warrant Friday at the residence in the 1200 block of Essay Lane after an investigation into a cocaine delivery involving the owners and managers, Angela and Russell Steve Cockerham, investigators said in a statement.

Once inside, the officers found cash; 11.5 grams of cocaine; 14.7 grams of MDMA, known by the street name of "Molly"; 2,178 grams of marijuana; 36.5 grams of marijuana wax; 16 morphine bills; five firearms; and packaging material associated with drug trafficking, according to the release.

Authorities notified state adult protective services about the incident.

“It is incredibly disturbing to find people charged with the care and custody of others to be in the drug trafficking business,” Sheriff Michael Bouchard said.

Russell Cockerham has been arraigned in Novi's 52-1 District Court on charges including possession with intent to deliver cocaine and felon in possession of a firearm. Bond was set at $50,000.

The Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office also charged Angela Rose Cockerham with one count of cocaine possession, but the 45-year-old failed to appear for a scheduled court appearance Monday, investigators said. The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Team is searching for her.