A 19-year-old male was arrested Tuesday when he returned to Mason County Court House for a marijuana possession charge, stemming from a December 22, 2015 incident where he and another 19-year-old from Detroit were stopped in Ludington.
The two were stopped after deputies received a “suspicious situation” call at the Airport EZ Mart located in the 5400 block of W. US10 in Pere Marquette Township. After finding small amounts of marijuana on both men an inventory of the vehicle was taken and the vehicle was found to contain 139 cartons of various cigarettes, which is more than 27,000 cigarettes along with an assortment of debit cards.
The 19-year-old has been charged with one felony count of violating the Tobacco Products Tax Act. This count is punishable by 5 years or $50,000 fine. He was also charged with five felony counts of Financial Transaction Device-Stealing/Retaining without Consent, punishable by 4 years or $5,000 fine on each count. The final count, making seven total felony counts was Identity Theft, punishable by five years or $25,000 fine.
The Mason County Sheriffs Office has issued a duplicate warrant for the other 19-year-old man who remains at large.