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Laporte man arrested in large pot bust: Was it medicinal?

By Sarah Smith

A Laporte man who claimed he was selling medical marijuana was arrested Friday with seven pounds of pot.

David Paul Patterson, 50, has a litany of prior offenses. He was arraigned Monday in Hubbard County District Court.

Hubbard County’s K-9, Oakley, assisted the Paul Bunyan Task Force in the search that netted the pot, four rifles, a pistol, a digital scale with marijuana residue and $1,025 in U.S. currency, said Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes.

Patterson is charged with Fifth Degree Possession of a Controlled Substance, which is punishable by a maximum of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine upon conviction.

Patterson, according to the complaint, “admitted knowing marijuana was in the house, admitted using marijuana, providing marijuana to persons in medical need and selling marijuana to persons.”

His priors include possession of a controlled substance, carrying weapons without a permit and several driving infractions.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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