(WBIR) During a routine traffic stop, LaFollette police officers found more than 20 pounds of marijuana, marijuana butter, along with marijuana-laced cookies and candy.
Officers stopped a white SUV that ran a stop sign at the intersection of South Indiana Avenue and East Beech Street at about 4:30 a.m. Friday. A K-9 searched the car and found 24 pounds of marijuana, along with a type of marijuana known as butane honey oil or "marijuana butter."
The suspect stored the marijuana butter in a Country Crock container, according to a LaFollette Police Department release. Officers said this is the first time they've ever seen marijuana butter in LaFollette.
Police Chief Jeff Jeffries said, "I've got a little over 17 years in law enforcement and as far as I know this the first we've seen in the City of LaFollette. I think it's the first that we've seen in Campbell County. We've never seen anything like this and don't know very much about it." Chief Jeffries added marijuana butter is more potent than the typical marijuana. He said, "One website I looked on said the typical THC content was I believe 60 - 85 percent. "
In addition to the marijuana butter, officers also uncovered about 160 pieces of marijuana-laced candy packaged for resale.
Officials arrested Joseph Isabell for the following felony charges: possession of marijuana for resale, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm during a felony. Isabell was also charged with driving on a suspended license.
"He attempted to tell us that it was medical use marijuana," Chief Jeffries said.