COLDWATER — Three people will face charges after an abuse of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act (MMMA) Sunday.
Christopher Smith, 54, of Coldwater Township and Lynne Hodges, 57, of Stanton were arrested after the Michigan State Police received a tip that marijuana was being delivered to Smith’s home.
Hodges’ husband Duane, 58, who drove the vehicle during deliveries, was taken into custody Tuesday when he went to pay bond for his wife.
Troopers saw the Hodges’ vehicle at Smith’s home during what appeared to be a delivery of the drug. They stopped the vehicle and Lynne Hodges admitted she had delivered a pound of marijuana to Smith and received $2,400, which was seized. An additional 4 ounces of the drug were found in the vehicle, according to the probable-cause affidavit.
Lynne Hodges has a marijuana provider certificate but Smith was not one of her listed clients.
Troopers then obtained a search warrant and returned to Smith’s residence where marijuana in zip locked bags was seized. An officer said Smith admitted he sold marijuana to others “who needed it” but who had no MMMA cards.
Records indicated Smith’s MMMA card had expired. He told Branch County District Magistrate-Judge David Coyle during Monday’s video arraignment he had a card because he suffered from a broken back, crushed legs as the result of an accident and has had six heart attacks. He said he was currently in pain after surgery just four weeks ago.
Smith is charged with sale or delivery of marijuana – a 4-year felony. The judge set his bond at $5,000 cash or surety.
Bond for Lynne Hodges was set at $25,000 cash or surety. She is charged with delivery of marijuana as well as improper delivery of marijuana as a provider – a 2-year offense.
Duane Hodges was charged with delivery as an habitual offender because of a 2013 federal conviction for money laundering of $125,000 in a mortgage fraud. He is on 2-years federal probation after serving one day in jail. He will face 8 years in state prison and was held on a $100,000 bond.
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