An errand boy for band The Fray was charged with a felony drug charge and having a weight scale, but he told law enforcement officials that the pot in his car wasn’t for the band.
Eric Linz, 30, of Elk Grove Illinois, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with a felony possession of marijuana (2nd offense), possession of drug paraphernalia and failing to stop for a stop sign. If convicted of both charges, Linz faces up to 3 years 7 months in prison and/or fined up to $10,500.
Large Mason Jar Filled With Pot
According to the criminal complaint, a trooper with the Wisconsin State Patrol stopped Linz after he failed to stop for a stop sign when exiting from Interstate 94 at Highway K at 2:33 a.m. July 8.
During the traffic stop, Linz told the trooper that he made a mistake and didn’t see the stop sign. He was on his way home after being at Summerfest after working as “an errand boy” for the band, “The Fray.” Smelling an odor of marijuana, the trooper noticed a can of deodorant spray. When the trooper asked Linz if he had recently sprayed the car, he said he had.
Linz told the trooper he hadn’t smoked marijuana, but admitted to having marijuana in a jar in the car. A deputy from the Racine County Sheriff’s Department helped conduct the search. They found a large mason jar full of marijuana, a smoking pipe and a scale.
‘Errand Boy’ Wasn’t Going To Smoke It
Linz told the trooper that the marijuana belonged to him, but he was going to give it to a friend who helped him get the errand job working for The Fray. He paid $250 for the 15 grams of marijuana, but he didn’t smoke the marijuana that night because he “doesn’t smoke while he’s working because he drives” and runs errands for the band.
Linz denied that the pot was for the band and told the trooper “they have their own people to buy them marijuana.” The scale and pipe didn’t belong to Linz. He didn’t know where it came from, but he told the trooper that he would take responsibility for it being in his mother’s car.
“I checked Eric; Eric look(ed) normal,” the trooper wrote in his report. “His eyes and tongue look(ed) normal, no color change. There was no indicator of impairment of recently smoked marijuana.”
Linz is out on bail. A cash bond was set for $1,000. A preliminary hearing has been set for 9 a.m. Aug. 31 in front of Racine County Circuit Court Judge Mark Nielsen.