Another correction officer takes deal in pot case

Mug shot of Tim Bernhardt (March 21, 2014).

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – A Kent County corrections officers accused of illegal use of medical marijuana has entered into a plea agreement.

Tim Bernhardt pleaded guilty Monday to a maintaining a drug house.

Bernhardt has agreed to resign his position with the Kent County Sheriff’s Department and testify against the others involved in this case.

The plea is similar to the one involving Brian Tennant who also agreed to resign as part of his agreement.

Bernhardt, Tennant, Officer Mike Frederick and Officer Todd VanDoorne were all arrested on various drug charges connected to the possession of marijuana butter, which is made by extracting THC – the chemical that causes marijuana’s psychological effects – from the plant.

Bernhardt will be sentenced on Dec. 12.

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