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Man catching some Zs in school bus now faces cannabis charges

Nov 19, 2021
In a Facebook post, the Orange Police Department (OPD) reports the man was found asleep inside the vehicle on Nov. 18 shortly after school bus company employees arrived to work at about 5 a.m. ...

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It’s not quite clear why a 55-year-old man in Orange, Conn. thought it would be a good idea to take a snooze in an unoccupied school bus, despite his car being parked nearby, but he has now awoken to face a number of drug offences.

In a Facebook post, the Orange Police Department (OPD) reports the man was found asleep inside the vehicle on Nov. 18 shortly after school bus company employees arrived to work at about 5 a.m. and noticed a suspicious vehicle parked in the bus yard. They then called the police.

Officers responded and while searching for the vehicle owner decided to have a look-see in the school buses. That’s when they saw the man asleep inside one of them.

He was taken into custody and his car seized.

After seeing a large bag of marijuana inside his vehicle, officers obtained a search warrant and later retrieved about 11.5 pounds (approximately five kilograms) of cannabis. But they found more than weed; officers also retrieved marijuana packaging materials, scales and an unidentified amount of cash, the police say.

The man has been charged with operating a drug factory, sale of more than one kilogram of cannabis and third-degree criminal trespass. He was initially held on a US$25,000 ($31,500) bond.

Both medicinal and recreational cannabis is legal in Connecticut, but there are certain limits on the amounts those 21 years and older can possess and grow. The amount found inside the man’s vehicle exceeded the allowable limit.

In the state, selling or possessing with intent to sell at least one kilogram of cannabis by a non-drug-dependent person is punishable by a mandatory five- to a 20-year prison term for a first offence. With subsequent violations, the mandatory minimum 10- to 25-year prison term applies, government information notes.

The man has been charged with operating a drug factory, sale of more than one kilogram of cannabis and third-degree criminal trespass after about five kilograms of cannabis found. /

As for the federal Controlled Substances Act, it notes that a first offence involving less than 50 kilograms of marijuana and/or fewer than 50 plants is punishable by as long as five years in prison and a fine of up to US$250,000 ($315,000).

Whether sleeping or sleeping it off, there have been plenty of examples of people napping where they shouldn’t have been and ending up facing drug charges.

Last month, a senior citizen in Brampton, Ont. was charged with impaired operation of a vehicle after a concerned person reported the vehicle, which had its motor still running, but wasn’t moving, to police.

Earlier this year in Minnesota, a driver in no apparent distress, albeit a bit worse for wear, was found asleep in his truck at a Quick Mart. The responding deputy saw the man snoring away, spied evidence of drinking and smelled burnt weed. He was charged with impaired driving and a number of drug offences.

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