Ariz. medical marijuana card holder arrested on drug charges

Kirk Hutchins

Credit: Pinal County Sheriff's Office

Kirk Hutchins

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on June 13, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 13 at 2:05 PM

ELOY, Ariz. -- An Eloy man has been arrested for having more than six times the legal amount of medicinal pot in his possession, as well as more than $10,000 in cash.

Kirk Hutchins, 23, was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center on charges of possession, transportation and sale of marijuana and driving on a suspended license following a traffic stop Tuesday night.

A Pinal County sheriff's deputy stopped Hutchins' vehicle on westbound Interstate 10 after seeing him following another vehicle too closely.

PCSO spokesman Elias Johnson said the deputy asked about the strong odor of marijuana that was coming from the vehicle and Hutchins presented a container with approximately 2 grams of marijuana. He also showed the deputy a valid medical marijuana card.

A check of Hutchins' license status showed it was suspended.

According to Johnson, the deputy asked why the odor was so strong and Hutchins said, "Man, that's only the half of it. You should have smelled it before my buddy took the other half."

Hutchins was placed under arrest and a search of the vehicle turned up a duffel bag with approximately 2 pounds of additional packaged, vacuumed-sealed hydroponics, as well as several more stacks of cash totaling more than $10,000. Several other drug paraphernalia items were also seized from the vehicle.

"This case demonstrates the underlying concern facing law enforcement as it relates to the medical marijuana law," Sheriff Paul Babeu said. "Mr. Hutchins may have had the legal means to obtain approved medicinal marijuana, but he's clearly abusing the system.

"We don't want to become like other states where individuals take advantage of the law for their own personal gain, instead of the intended medical purposes," Babeu continued.
 

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