Police in Van Buren County say they found 58 grams of marijuana and 4.5 grams of wax – concentrated cannabis – hidden in an infant formula container inside a diaper bag during a traffic stop.
A 10-month-old was in the vehicle.
This happened Thursday around 3:30 p.m. on 52nd Avenue just west of C.R. 665 in Paw Paw Township.
Police say they stopped a vehicle because its brake light was out, and that the 33-year-old male driver appeared to be under the influence of drugs. Marijuana could be smelled by the officers, say police.
A search of the vehicle revealed the drugs hidden in an infant formula container in a diaper bag, say police.
The driver was arrested for child endangerment and possession.
A 35-year-old woman who arrived at the scene attempting to find transportation for the baby was also arrested because police say she appeared to be under the influence of drugs as well.
Here's the full release from the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office:
Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that a Deputy Ron Douglas stopped a vehicle for a brake light out on 52nd Avenue just west of CR 665. It is alleged that the 33 y/o male driver appeared to be under the influence of drugs and he smelled of marijuana. During the traffic stop and further investigation a search of the vehicle was conducted. The search of the vehicle revealed approximately 58 grams of marijuana, 4.5 grams of Wax, as well as a 10 month old infant inside the vehicle. Sheriff Gribler reported that deputies found the Marijuana and Wax inside a container of infant formula, which was located in the child's diaper bag.
While on scene a 35 y/o female driver arrived on scene who was attempting to find transportation for the 10 month old child. Deputy Brian Matthews did make contact with the female driver who also appeared to be under the influence of drugs. After additional investigation the driver of the second vehicle was arrested for Operating Under the Influence of Drugs (OUID).
33 y/o male driver was reported to be on probation out of the 7th District Court, for OUID (Operating Under the Influence of Drugs)
33 y/o male driver was arrested and lodged at the Van Buren County Jail for OUID, Possession of Marijuana, and Child Endangerment.
35 y/o female driver was arrested and lodged at the Van Buren County Jail for OUID.
Wax is a concentrated form of cannabis which is often extracted using butane. Only a small amount of Wax is commonly needed to produce a high level of intoxication. Wax commonly contains up to 99% THC and between 5%–15% total cannabinoids (THC/CBN/CBD), several times more potent than the buds of the cannabis plant that are usually consumed.
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