Holy Moly Donut Shop tied to federal marijuana, money laundering case

Posted at 6:26 PM, Oct 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-06 09:12:55-04

The Holy Moly Donut Shop on Eight Mile Road in Detroit was part of an illegal marijuana and money laundering scheme, according to federal prosecutors who indicted the owner, Victor Attisha, and two others.

Attisha, Junior Asmar, and James Shammas are accused of conspiring to grow and distribute marijuana and then laundering the money through several businesses including the donut shop.

All three men are facing multiple federal violations including Conspiracy to Manufacture, Possess With Intent to Distribute, and Distribute Marijuana. 

Federal investigators indicated, in court documents, that the men "devised a scheme" to grow and sell hundreds of pounds of "marijuana under the guise of operating a marijuana dispensary, thereby pretending to comply with Michigan law."

Tied to the alleged scheme, and adjacent to the donut shop, is a medical marijuana dispensary that investigators call a "sham."

Investigators said through the two businesses, and an ATM business they also operated, the men trafficked the marijuana illegally and concealed the proceeds.

Also, Asmar, Attisha, and Shammas allegedly purchased over a million dollars worth of marijuana from suppliers in California and other parts of the country to sell illegally in metro Detroit. 

7 Action News has been unable to reach any of the men for comment. 

The Holy Moly Donut Shop remains open, but a sign on the marijuana dispensary next door indicates they temporarily closed in late August.