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August 30, 2013

Designer drug nets felony

TRAVERSE CITY — A Traverse City man faces a felony charge after a sheriff’s deputy found a designer drug in his possession during a traffic stop, authorities said.

Tyler Joseph Williams, 19, is scheduled for a Sept. 6 arraignment in 86th District Court on additional charges from his April 1 arrest. Grand Traverse County Prosecutor Bob Cooney said charges were added after a laboratory test showed Williams was in possession of 2C-C-NBOMe, a designer drug with hallucinogenic properties.

“More and more we’re seeing them,” Cooney said of designer drugs.

In April, a Grand Traverse County sheriff’s deputy stopped Williams on North Long Lake Road after he was seen driving across the center line. The police report states Williams appeared to be sleepy and unable to focus on simple instructions.

“During ... sobriety evaluations Tyler continued to show signs of being impaired and not being able to focus,” the report states.

Williams told the deputy he took two different prescription pills before driving, according to the police report. It also states Williams said he had a medical marijuana card and possessed a jar of marijuana in the vehicle, but the deputy was only able to find the marijuana.

Court documents state the deputy also “found several paper-thin, small square objects of the type that one would (place) in their mouth to be dissolved. (Williams) described these squares as having psychedelic properties when dissolved under the tongue.”

Cooney said a laboratory test found the squares tested positive for the designer hallucinogen. He said the Michigan Board of Pharmacy banned the drug in January under a new law giving state regulators more authority to define controlled substances.

“That’s because they keep changing the chemical composition of drugs so quickly,” he said.

Williams faces a felony possession of a controlled substance charge and misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana, improper transportation of medical marijuana, operating in the presence of a controlled substance and operating under the influence.

Cooney said a drug test showed marijuana in Williams’ system.

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