Laith Al-Saadi, a musician from Ann Arbor known as a finalist on the hit TV "The Voice," faces multiple drug charges after officers from the Michigan State Police Gaylord post arrested him two weeks ago.
According to the Petoskey News Review:
"Al-Saadi, 40, was arrested at about 6:20 p.m. Feb. 11, after troopers spotted him driving a 2016 Nissan Pathfinder with an expired license plate.
When one of the troopers went to speak to Al-Saadi, he could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, according to records from the Gaylord post.
The troopers asked him to step out of the car, and found a backpack in the back seat that contained 12 grams of marijuana, as well as a number of other drugs such as hydrocodone, morphine sulphate and fentanyl — an opioid that can often be 50 times more powerful than heroin.
Al-Saadi is facing three counts of narcotics possession equalling 25 grams or more, according to the Otsego County Courts website. That means, under Michigan law, he could receive a penalty of up to four years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.
Al-Saadi, a blues and rock 'n' roll vocalist and guitarist, was among the top four competitors in the 2016 season of the NBC singing competition “The Voice.” Since then, he has toured throughout Michigan and the United States. He had performed a show in Sault Ste. Marie the night before his arrest."