3 charged corrections officers have marijuana cards

Tim Bernhardt (upper left), Mike Frederick (upper right), Todd VanDoorne (lower left), Brian Tennant (lower right), all Kent County Corrections Officers are facing various drug charges (March 21, 2014).

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Three of the Kent County Sheriff’s Department corrections officers charged for possession of a marijuana product have medical marijuana cards, court records show.

The investigation into the marijuana butter and who was using it started on March 17 after the U.S. Postal Service contacted authorities about a suspicious package.

Four officers were charged last week for making or having a marijuana product called marijuana butter: Sgt. Tim Bernhardt, Officer Mike Frederick, Officer Todd VanDoorne and Officer Brian Tennant.

Court records obtained by 24 Hour News 8  allege the four corrections officers had been involved with the product for as long as two and a half years.

Bernhardt, Frederick and VanDoore are medical marijuana card holders, the court documents also show. It’s likely that will play into their defense. Tennant also told authorities his wife holds a medical marijuana card.

Detectives say Bernhardt was getting the marijuana butter from his caregiver’s  husband and distributing it to the others. In the weeks before the investigation began, Bernhardt reportedly had 14 pounds of the marijuana butter delivered to him.

Sources told 24 Hour News 8 Monday evening the case may be expanding beyond the four corrections officers already charged. A Monday night call to Sheriff Lawrence Stelma’s home for comment was immediately not returned.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Department is conducting an internal investigation.

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