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Police seize 5 pounds of marijuana during Shores traffic stop

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published January 18, 2016

Two men are facing felony charges after their vehicle was found to contain a copious amount of marijuana.

According to a police report, police pulled over a 33-year-old Riverside, California, man and his passenger, a 26-year-old Melvindale man, in the area of Lake Shore and Colonial roads at 11:57 p.m. Jan. 11 after noticing a strong smell of burning marijuana coming from the car, a 2001 Mercedes with a California license plate. The men allegedly had been smoking marijuana.

“It was a pretty overwhelming smell coming out of the vehicle,” said Grosse Pointe Shores Public Safety Director John Schulte.

When the driver consented to a police search of the vehicle, officers found a large bag containing roughly 5 pounds of leaf marijuana and another 100 packets of pure THC — the active ingredient in marijuana — that were already prepared for sale, Schulte said. The driver was found with $3,310 in cash on him, Schulte said.

Because of the amount and packaging of the drugs, it appeared that they were intended for sale, not for personal use, police said.

Schulte said both the driver and passenger were charged with possession with intent to deliver, a four-year felony. He said police obtained a warrant for these charges late last week. The department seized the vehicle, drugs and cash, Schulte said.

Neither the driver nor his passenger had a prior criminal history, Schulte said.

The director praised the officer for making the stop.

“He did an excellent job,” Schulte said. “He was alert to (the smell) and properly investigated it and ended up with an excellent arrest.”

Schulte said he wasn’t sure what the street value of 5 pounds of marijuana and 100 packets of THC would be, but he said, “It would be significant.”