Detroit man made $2,000 a day from marijuana vending machine featured in TikTok video, ATF says | Marijuana News | Detroit

click to enlarge A Detroit man is accused of selling marijuana from a vending machine outside his home.  - SHUTTERSTOCK.COM

A Detroit man is accused of selling marijuana from a vending machine outside his home.

Marcus Cornwell didn’t sell soda or snacks from the vending machine outside his home on Detroit’s west side.

According to federal authorities, Cornwell said he had been earning $2,000 a day for the past five years selling marijuana from the vending machine attached to the side of his home on Mettetal Street and Fenkell Avenue.

Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) executed a search warrant at Cornwell’s home on March 16 and found 18 weapons, dozens of rounds of ammunition, several pounds of marijuana and more than $12,700 in cash, according to a criminal complaint in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Cornwell said the machine was his main source of income and that an employee lived with him, according to the ATF.

He also called himself a gun collector, saying he “is aware that he is not allowed to own firearms.” He told agents that most of the weapons were purchased “from people off the street.” At least two of the weapons had previously been reported stolen.

Cornwell was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, which carries a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

The ATF received a tip on January 7, a day after a popular TikTok video of the machine was posted.

The informant alleged that Cornwell was selling marijuana from the vending machine and also sold drugs and weapons to minors.

ATF agents said they purchased a total of 9.4 grams of marijuana from the machine on two separate occasions in February and March.

Cornwell has an extensive rap sheet. He has been convicted of six felonies between 1997 and 2011, including armed robbery, identity theft and multiple weapons charges, according to the ATF.

“Cornwell was sentenced to more than a year in prison for each of these prior convictions,” the complaint says.

During a court hearing on April 28, Cornwell was released from jail on $10,000 unsecured bond. The conditions of his release include not operating a vending machine.

A preliminary examination in the case is scheduled for May 19.

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