PAW PAW, Mich. (May 2, 2014) – A father was caught hiding drugs in a container of baby formula following a traffic stop in Van Buren County this week and his 10-month-old was in the car with him.
Deputies said he wasn’t just storing the product when they stopped him, he was using it as well leading to his arrest.
Deputy Brian Matthews with the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office said 33-year-old Andrew Dentler of Paw Paw was pulled over for having a taillight out.
The deputy said Dentler was under the influence and found evidence tucked inside a package of dry baby formula.
58 grams of marijuana and a chunk of a marijuana wax, which is concentrated THC from pot.
“They take that substance, place it onto other drugs itself and smoke that as well which gives a bigger high,” said Deputy Matthews.
According to investigators, the father was already on probation for driving under the influence when he was pulled over at the corner of 52nd Avenue just west of CR 665 in Van Buren County on Thursday.
During the most recent stop, deputies said they could smell marijuana. The deputy said Dentler admitted he had drugs in the car.
The location of the drugs prompted a charge of child endangerment. Deputy Matthews said it’s possible the THC from both the wax and the marijuana buds could contaminate the formula, putting the child at risk.
“Anytime you have drugs mixed in with food it’s a bad thing for the child and all the parties involved in it,” he said.
After placing Dentler under arrest, investigators said a 35-year-old woman, a friend of Dentler, stopped to pick-up the infant but police said she too was high on drugs at the time.
“A person stops by and tries to help out the first on but unfortunately she is obviously intoxicated by drugs and subsequently she was arrested for driving while intoxicated by drugs as well,” he said.
The deputy said eventually a sober family member was able to give the child a safe ride home.