Driver hands police officer marijuana joint

A vehicle driving above the posted speed limit drew the attention of three police officers standing in front of the police station on South Poplar Street.

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Police followed the vehicle at 2:05 a.m. June 10 until it stopped in a parking lot.

The officer who approached reported a strong odor of marijuana, both burnt and raw, coming from the vehicle, according to a police report.

The driver, identified as Christopher Bailey, 21, acknowledged the smell of marijuana and turned over a joint. He also told the officer he would find a warrant out of Fairfield when he ran the identification.

Warrants in both Hamilton and Fairfield were confirmed and Bailey was placed under arrest. It was also learned he was under an OVI suspension.

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Three passengers in the vehicle were asked to get out during a search, in which two more buds of marijuana were found, one on the console and one in the back seat, according to the report.

Two weighing scales were found in the console and a small jar of what appeared to be marijuana derivative as well as a pipe used to inhale marijuana derivative were also found, according to the police report.

Bailey was issued a summons for charges of driving under OVI suspension, illegal possession of a controlled substance and illegal possession of drug paraphernalia marijuana.

He was then transported to Fairfield Police. The unverified marijuana derivative was sent to the drug lab for testing.

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