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Police: DeKalb man smelled like pot in court

Published: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 12:25 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 10:45 p.m. CDT
Justin M. Gates, 19, of DeKalb, was charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver.

DeKALB — A 19-year-old DeKalb man is facing felony charges after DeKalb city attorney Dean Frieders smelled marijuana on him in DeKalb City Court on Monday, court records show.

Justin M. Gates, of the 1000 block of State Street, was charged with unlawful delivery of marijuana, unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. He told police he had sold marijuana to friends in the past, court records show.

If convicted of the most serious charge, unlawful delivery of marijuana, Gates would face between two to five years in prison. He remained in DeKalb County Jail on Tuesday, unable to post 10 percent of his $20,000 bond.

Police say Gates went to DeKalb City Court on Monday morning in connection with a city ordinance violation when Frieders smelled marijuana on Gates. When Frieders asked Gates if he smoked marijuana that morning, Gates denied it, saying, "but when you have a bunch of it around, you will smell like it," according to court records.

Gates left the DeKalb court after Frieders told him to stay, so police went to Gates' home. After initially not allowing police to search the home, Gates and his mother consented, court records show.

Police found two used marijuana pipes, multiple small bags of marijuana, a locked portable safe, three digital scales, a marijuana grinder and $120 cash, among other things, court records show. The marijuana seized weighed a total of 34 grams, or a little more than an ounce, court records show.

Gates is next due in court Wednesday.

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