Man jailed after stashing marijuana in child's backpack
RACINE – Christopher Shelton of Racine was taken into custody for possession of and intent to deliver marijuana on Wednesday. Shelton, 22, is also facing counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless endangering safety, and child neglect.
Investigator Dobesh of the Racine County Metro Drug Unit and several other officers presented a search warrant at the apartment of Shelton’s fiancée, Angela Highman, in reference to the sale of drugs from that address. Officers spoke with Shelton while Highman prepared the older of the couple’s two small children for school.
While this process was taking place, Investigator Dobesh noticed a digital scale on the floor. When the child was ready for school, the scale was gone. Officers found it in the 7-year old child’s school book bag along with marijuana. Highman later admitted to hiding it there to try to help Shelton.
Shelton admitted to selling marijuana out of the apartment and sometimes using Highman’s van to deliver the substance. He claimed that he brought the items found in the apartment over that morning. 36.1 grams of marijuana were found in total.
In addition to the drug related findings, Investigator Dobesh deemed the apartment unsuitable for the children to live in. Swarms of fruit-flies, rotten food and garbage, cigarette butts, and loose reptiles were seen throughout the apartment.