Cops bust loitering drunks with big bag of pot

By CHRIS JACKETT
Sunday Times Newspapers

WYANDOTTE – Police recovered 105 grams of marijuana from a car last week after the driver forgot it was there.

Officers observed a green 1998 Buick Century parked in the 1400 block of Marshall, west of 14th Street, about 8:45 a.m. Oct. 17.

Investigating because several nearby motor homes had been broken into or damaged during the past few months, officers saw the passenger door open as they pulled up behind it and witnessed the passenger dump something out and then throw something under the door.

As officers got out of the police vehicle and approached the car on foot, a stream of liquid that smelled like beer was rolling down the street from where the dumping occurred. Officers also observed an open 24-ounce beer can near a tree and a second one near the passenger front door of the car.

A 49-year-old woman was behind the wheel and a 44-year-old man, was in the front passenger seat. Both were Traverse City residents.

At first the woman said she could not open the car window to speak to officers because the keys were gone, so she had to open the door. The keys were found later in the car’s glove box.

Upon opening the door, officers smelled a strong odor of both alcohol and marijuana, and also saw coarse steel or copper wool scouring pads scattered throughout the vehicle. The pads often are used to retain cocaine vapors when smoking crack. The officer also saw another open 24-ounce beer can in the car’s back seat.

The officer asked the woman to get out the vehicle and she complied, saying the alcohol must belong to the passenger, who was her boyfriend. When asked what they were doing, she said the two were arguing and pulled over because both were too drunk to drive. She said the car had been parked there all night long, but officers observed there was no dew on it, as there was on the grass and other nearby vehicles.

Another officer discovered a crack pipe lying next to one of the beer cans near the passenger door. The woman said her boyfriend was smoking crack.

When asked what they were doing, the man, who was highly intoxicated and smelled of alcohol, said they waiting for his brother, who had run to visit a friend on the corner. When asked about the beer and crack pipe, the man said he didn’t know what officers were talking about.

When asked if there were any drugs, money or weapons in the car, the woman invited them to search it.

Officers found burnt paper on the floor that matched the paper in the crack pipe, and in the trunk found a large white plastic bag that contained 105.2 grams of marijuana. When officers removed the bag, the woman said, “Oh, I forgot about that being in there.”

Both suspects were arrested at the scene and the man began to threaten the officers, saying they were lying and would “get theirs.” He said he knows other police officers, and that the arresting officers would pay for lying and making up charges.

(Contact Chris Jackett at cjackett@bewickpublications.com)

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