Saturday, January 8, 2022

Double Flush

An attorney convicted of drug offenses has been suspended for three years by consent by a tri-county hearing panel of the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board.

Pioneer reported extensively on the criminal matter per Bradley Massman

Police reports show an attorney, formerly based in Mecosta County, trafficked methamphetamine and accepted various controlled substances from clients she represented as a form of payment.

Amy Lynn Panek, of Mount Pleasant, is currently serving a nine-month sentence in the Mecosta County jail for one count of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine. The now-45-year-old was arrested last year following a Michigan State Police investigation.

"In light of the breadth of your involvement in the distribution of drugs in the Mecosta County area, I do find that a nine-month jail sentence is appropriate,” Ionia County Circuit Judge Suzanne Hoseth-Kreeger said at Panek’s sentencing in February.

The recommended sentence by the probation department, according to the judge, was 90 days.

The case surfaced in December 2019 when Central Michigan Enforcement Team agents received an anonymous tip regarding Panek and drug trafficking, according to a Michigan State Police report obtained by the Pioneer through a Freedom of Information Act request.

The anonymous caller told authorities, “Amy Panek … just got $7,000 of cocaine and meth,” according to the report.

After receiving the tip, CMET agents began surveilling Panek, who, at the time, was an attorney working at a Big Rapids-based law office.

A month later, in January 2020, CMET agents received a tip from the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office. An inmate in the Mecosta County jail told a deputy that Panek was involved in trafficking methamphetamine in and around Mecosta County, the police report states.

That same month, the sheriff’s office arrested a man on drug charges. During his interview with police, he admitted to selling controlled substances and identified one of his customers as a “lawyer in Mecosta County,” the report states.

The man told authorities that Panek would get drugs from him almost every day prior to his arrest, according to the report. The man also said Panek introduced him to a “source” in Lansing, the report states.

On March 5, 2020, CMET agents surveilled Panek in the Big Rapids area. She was seen meeting a man and woman in a pickup truck at the North Admiral gas station in Big Rapids, the report states. Agents witnessed a hand-to-hand transaction between Panek and the driver of the pickup.

The driver of the pickup was later stopped by a Mecosta County sergeant for improper plates and the substance found in his possession was identified as six grams of meth, the report states.

After the transaction, and on her way home, Panek was stopped by a Michigan State Police trooper, according to the report. She was then transported to her residence where a Raid Entry Team prepared to search for narcotics.

At the home, CMET agents recovered a dish containing meth, straws containing suspected cocaine, one meth pipe and tin foil “boats,” the report states.

Other items seized, according to the affidavit for a search warrant, were records which indicated trafficking was occurring. Those items included paperwork indicating amounts of money owed or payable, names of customers and/or suppliers and their telephone numbers.

Agents also recovered paperwork indicating weights that the controlled substances are commonly sold in, the affidavit states.

Panek was arrested at the scene.

Other suspects/codefendants admitted to authorities they received drugs from Panek. However, the names of those suspects/codefendants involved or allegedly involved in the case were redacted from the Pioneer’s FOIA request.

Panek was later charged with single counts of delivery of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine, as well as being a second-time habitual offender.


While on bond, Panek enrolled in a day reporting program March 12, 2020. She tested positive for cocaine six days later, a report from the Mecosta County Community Corrections states.

On June 3, Panek was arrested on a contempt of court warrant. While in jail, Panek was given a drug test and tested positive for methamphetamine, according to another community corrections report.

Through a plea agreement with the Michigan Attorney General’s Office, Panek pleaded guilty to possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine.

Panek was sworn in as an attorney to the State Bar of Michigan in 2016. At the time of her arrest, she was an attorney at Panek Law Office PC in Rodney.

In a February 2021 edition of the Michigan Bar Journal, Panek was listed under automatic interim suspension effective Dec. 18, 2020.

The reprimand reads, in part:

“On Dec. 18, 2020, the court accepted (Panek’s) plea of guilty to possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine … In accordance, Panek’s license to practice law in Michigan was automatically suspended on the date of her felony conviction.

Upon the filing of a certified judgment of conviction, this matter will be assigned to a hearing panel for further proceedings. The interim suspension will remain in effect until the the effective date of an order filed by a hearing panel.”


Police reports show Panek offered clients she represented advice, via texts, on how to “beat” a urinalysis test — also known as a drug screening. She accepted controlled substances as a form of payment.

“Everyone is telling me double flush and they will be sending me the directions and cut off times now by text. My one client swears by it like a religion,” a text from Panek to a client states, according to the report.

Double Flush is a detoxifying product used by narcotics users to obtain a clean urinalysis while masking or still using narcotics.

One client, arrested on drug charges, hired Panek as an attorney in 2019. The client paid Panek $500 per week for her services and Panek worked out a deal where the client would pay half of the payment in cash and the other half in narcotics, the report states.

The client made two payments in crystal methamphetamine and five to six payments in cocaine.

(Mike Frisch)

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