Mount Pleasant police say a 20-year-old man is facing misdemeanor drug charges after being found smoking synthetic marijuana in his car with friends.

Brandon Stewart, of Sturtevant, was charged Thursday in Racine County Circuit Court with one count each of synthetic marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. If convicted, he will face up to nine months in jail and/or up to $1,500 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, police were called Wednesday to the lobby of the police department to take a complaint of a man living unwanted in a Chevy Impala in the driveway of a home in the 1400 block of Willow Road, When officers responded to the home, they found the car as described with fogged windows and occupied.

Police say there were four individuals inside the vehicle, including Stewart – the owner – and the unwanted party. Officers informed that person they were no longer welcome at the residence and given a ride. It was clear the parties were smoking something while they were inside the car, and a search of the vehicle turned up a “K2-style packet” in plain sight as well as several open and unopened.

Additionally, there were two glass pipes and a half-smoked marijuana blunt in the trash on the floor of the car, the complaint reads. Stewart accused police of trespassing and at first denied any of the K2 or the pipes were his, but when officers said they found the blunt where he was sitting, he said, “That’s where that blunt went.”

Officers say Stewart admitted to being “really addicted” to K2 and said he quit once for three weeks. He was booked into the Racine County Jail where he remained Thursday night on a $150 cash bond and a state Department of Corrections hold for violating his probation on a felony conviction for selling a dangerous weapon to a child.

Stewart’s next court appearance is Jan. 7 for a pre-trial conference.

 

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