BRISTOL – A Windsor Locks man faced a judge on Tuesday to answer to charges he was found with almost 2 pounds of marijuana and numerous edibles and THC oil cartridges.
Marcus Champagne, 23, was urged to get an attorney during his arraignment in Bristol Superior Court.
During the hearing, Champagne told Judge John Cronan he applied for a public defender. Cronan questioned whether he would qualify, given that he posted $75,000 bond after his arrest.
“They have guidelines,” the judge said.
State prosecutor Elizabeth Moseley told Champagne he needs an attorney one way or another. The case was continued to June 17.
According to police, Champagne ran from police following a motor vehicle stop on Middle Street on May 17. He has been charged with operation of a drug factory, sale of narcotic substance, possession of a controlled substance, interfering with an officer and reckless driving.
According to police, a search of the car Champagne was driving turned up 28 ounces of marijuana, 45 THC oil cartridges, 170 containers of “liquid gold THC oil,” 35 THC lollipops, a bag containing seven THC edibles, a bag containing seven containers of THC “syrup oil,” two vape pens and a digital scale.
Police found Champagne on the railroad tracks in the area of King Street after pulling him over in the area of 25 Middle St. Police said he spun his tires and was pulled over. As an officer was approaching the vehicle, Champagne got out and ran, according to police.
He was later found with about $7,600 on him, police said.
According to court records, Champagne is on probation for a previous conviction of possession with intent to sell. He has been charged with violating that probation.
Court records also say Champagne has another case pending after he was arrested in January at a Wolcott motel. In that case, court papers said, he was found with over a pound of marijuana.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.