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Platte City pair accused

by Alan McArthur
Landmark reporter

Two people were arrested on Monday, Nov. 3 in Platte City after officers allegedly discovered drugs in the vehicle.

A 27-year-old male and a 25-year-old female, both of Platte City, were arrested, however they had not yet been formally charged and as such their names are not being released.

According to a report from the Platte City Police Department, police had attempted to serve a warrant on the man at his apartment along Bello Mondo Drive, but he was not home on Oct. 31.

The male was then seen driving a green Pontiac and was stopped by an officer along 92 Highway in front of the Platte County R-3 High School around 11:45 a.m. on Nov. 3.

When Officer William Babbitt approached the vehicle, he saw a juvenile in the back seat in a booster chair, but without a seat belt.

The officer asked the man if there were any weapons or narcotics in the vehicle and the man responded, “No Babbitt, there is no nothing inside the vehicle,” according to the report.

The officer arrested the man for the warrant and contacted the man's girlfriend to pick up the juvenile. The officer then searched the vehicle and allegedly found hallucinogenic mushrooms and a small hand-rolled cigarette believed to be marijuana.

The officer then talked with the girlfriend and Babbitt explained that the man was being arrested for “hallucinogenic mushrooms, possession of marijuana, driving while suspended, endangering the welfare of a child and failure to restrain a child.”

According to the report, the girlfriend then allegedly told the officer, “The mushrooms are not his, a friend of mine gave them to me and I was holding on to them.”

The officer then asked if the mushrooms were hers, and she allegedly responded, “Yes, but I was going to give them back because I don't want them.” She then asked if she was going to jail and the officer responded she was going to be arrested. The girlfriend then said, “Well, charge him then.”

After Babbitt arrested the girlfriend, she began to have a panic attack and began vomiting. The officer called am ambulance to the scene, but she refused treatment when they arrived.

The two were transported to the Platte County Detention Center before being released on bond.

According to the report, the man was issued citations for driving while suspended with a $500 bond, failure to restrain a child with a $50 bond, possession of marijuana with a $500 bond, and for endangering the welfare of a child with a $250 bond. The case was passed on to the prosecutor for filing of charges.

There was no information in the report on what citations were issued to the woman.



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