Crime Brief: Man Suspected of Eating Marijuana During Traffic Stop
The following information was supplied by New Baltimore police. Arrest information does not indicate convictions.
Man claims no pot, but clothes and phone suggest otherwise
An 18-year-old New Baltimore man was to be charged this month with one count of possession of marijuana after police found the drug inside his car during a traffic stop in the Jefferson and 23 Mile area.
New Baltimore police pulled over the 1993 Ford SUV around 9:30 p.m. June 1 because it was traveling 48 mph in a 35 mph zone. The officer noticed the driver shifting around the vehicle and opening and closing the center console, according to a report.
When speaking to the driver, the officer saw a green leafy material on his clothes, suggesting the man had eaten marijuana and potentially tried spreading it around the vehicle to avoid detection, the report stated.
He told police he did not have marijuana in possession and did not smoke it. But K-9 officer Kuffs sniffed out suspected pot inside a pill bottle in the vehicle's console while text messages on the driver's phone showed recent communication about buying pot, the report stated.
The driver was released to his mother while a warrant for marijuana possession was pending. He was also given a speeding ticket.
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