An Akron man is free on bond after a Brimfield police officer who stopped him for traffic violations and driving on a suspended license early Tuesday morning recovered half a pound of marijuana from the man's car.
According to Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver, Officer Jerry Dumont saw a 2008 Cadillac GTS leaving the parking lot of the Brimfield Elementary School at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. After following the vehicle onto S.R. 43, Dumont saw him make a left turn from the right-hand lane, and stopped him near Howe Road, Oliver said.
The driver was found to be Joshua B. Kail, 23. He allegedly was driving on a suspended license, according to Oliver, and a search of Kail's vehicle turned up approximately 273 grams of marijuana, according to a criminal complaint -- or more than half a pound, Oliver said.
Kail was charged with one count each of trafficking in marijuana, a fourth-degree felony, and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony, based on the drugs and a black backpack in which he allegedly was storing the drugs. He also was charged with driving under suspension, a first-degree misdemeanor, and a minor misdemeanor traffic signals violation.
Kail was arraigned on the charges Tuesday in Portage County Municipal Court. He was ordered released from the Portage County jail on a personal recognizance bond on the conditions he not consume or possess alcohol or illegal drugs. A preliminary hearing on the drug charges was set for Friday in the municipal court's Kent division. Kail also may not drive until his license is valid, according to court records.
Additional charges are possible once the case is presented to a Portage County grand jury.
Kail, with a prior address in Northfield Center, has previous arrests in Portage County for misdemeanor marijuana possession in Aurora in August 2009 and in Kent in December 2011, according to court records. Both times he entered a diversion program and the charges were dismissed, according to court records.
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