Felony charges follow child custody exchange
When a grandmother picked up a toddler outside a store, the officer with her found pot in the car.
Christopher W. Sorby, 33, Hortonville, is charged with operating with a controlled substance and a child in the vehicle, felony possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, operating after revocation and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Shortly before 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, Weyauwega Police Officer Justin Malueg was called to stand by at the local Citgo station while a 2-year-old’s mother and paternal grandmother exchanged custody of the child.
Malueg and the grandmother approached a van where the mother was sitting in the front passenger seat and the child was in a safety seat in the back.
Malueg reported smelling the odor of marijuana as he made contact with the mother. He asked her if she had any pot on her and she said she did not.
Malueg then asked why he could smell marijuana and she reportedly said because she had smoked some earlier that day.
The mother also said her friend, Chris, had been driving and was in the store purchasing some food. She reportedly was unwilling not give his last name.
According to the criminal complaint, after Sorby came out of the store, Malueg asked him about the pot.
Sorby reportedly admitted to smoking marijuana about 30 minutes earlier. He had a pipe and some pot in his shoe, the complaint says.
Malueg also reported finding three plastic bags with a total of nearly 82 grams of pot in the vehicle.
Sorby has two prior OWI convictins from August 2013 and July 2015, when his license was revoked for 14 months. He has been cited four times for operating after revocation since then.