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Former Birmingham Mayor Seth Chafetz Headed To Trial on Drug Charges

Authorities arrested the former elected official twice in four months on drug-related charges.

Former Birmingham city commissioner and mayor Seth Chafetz awaits trial in Oakland County Circuit Court on multiple drug-related charges. Credit: Oakland County Sheriff's Department.
Former Birmingham city commissioner and mayor Seth Chafetz awaits trial in Oakland County Circuit Court on multiple drug-related charges. Credit: Oakland County Sheriff's Department.
Former Birmingham Mayor Seth Chafetz is scheduled to go to trial this spring in multiple cases involving possession and sale of methamphetamine. 

Chafetz, 54, appeared briefly in Oakland County Circuit Court last week at a pre-trial hearing on separate counts of drug possession and drug delivery, court records show. Circuit Judge Coleen O'Brien set an April 3 trial date and ordered Chafetz back to the Oakland County Jail on $75,000 bond.   

Chafetz was already facing charges at the time of his latest arrest for allegedly selling drugs to an undercover narcotics officer on Nov. 19 in Madison Heights. Members of the Oakland County Narcotics Team arrested Chafetz in August after they allegedly purchased $100 worth of methamphetamine at his home Hickory Bend Circle in Bloomfield Township.

He waived his right to a preliminary hearing in the cases last month. 

His attorney, Gabi Silver, declined to comment on the allegations, and said she is working on a motion to address Chafetz's bond. He has remained in custody since his second arrest.  

Chafetz served on the Birmingham City Commission from 1999 to 2003, including one year as mayor in 2003, before moving to Bloomfield Township.

Greg Thrasher January 13, 2014 at 11:13 AM
WOW!...This is a tragic saga...I wish him speedy recovery and outcome.....

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