Corrections officers face drug charges

Court records show three Kent County Sheriff's Department corrections officers who have been charged in a drug case are registered medical marijuana patients.
AP Wire
Mar 25, 2014

A fourth officer charged in the case isn't a registered medical marijuana patient, but his wife is.

Records also show a Belmont couple accused of supplying the four officers with marijuana butter are registered medical marijuana caregivers.

Police said the drugs were shared by those involved and not always provided directly from caregiver to patient.

The butter is made by heating ground marijuana buds and butter, straining the plant material, and using the butter in cooking or as a spread.

The corrections officers are on unpaid leave. They each have worked at least 20 years for the Sheriff's Department.



When the government we live under makes laws, it ought to apply to everyone. Who gives a crap if they wear a badge.


And the fact that victims of “disease” where pot is the only cure known to man became vendors of pot for recreation is a surprise why?
Jailers have been dealers ever since there have been jails. With enough money you can buy anything, drugs, weapons, sex or have someone on the outside punished.


First a of couple facts... then my question.

Most correction officers are as law abiding as anyone else. However, there aer always those few here and there more than ready to add to their income. Smuggling drugs into a facility is not the first choice by any means. Since smoking was banned in all Michigan prisons a few years ago, tobacco, rolling papers and matches are the products of choice. Although cash money is not allowed in correction facilities, the exchange of cash can be easily performed on the outside by family members of the inmate. Whether an envelope on a doorstep... to deposits in an account. If caught, smuggling tobacco would likely cost an officer his/her job, but would not be a felony as it would be with drugs. The first Michigan prison to go "non smoking" was in Newberry, MI... back in 1997 or so. Officers at this facilty were quick to take advantage of this. A $6 can of Bugler tobacco, split into baggies and delivered to a select few inmates for resale could easily net $1400. Not too shabby for a $6 investment and a little risk once a week. Matchbooks, which are split to a few matches and a small piece of striker were extra.

I take it the officers in the story were caught with marihuana butter. Well, to smoke weed at work would be extremely risky. Considering they were MM card holders, they should be able to use weed like anyone else who is a registered patient. However, it is hard for me to believe their disabilty (pain or otherwise) only came into play during non working hours. My question is, were they under the influence while on the job? The butter obviuosly says different. Just my opinion...


They were selling the stuf they bough at a despencery, this happens a lot.

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