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US: South Dakota man arrested after his mom accidentally serves his pot brownies to senior citizens

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A South Dakota man was arrested after his mother unknowingly served his marijuana brownies at a senior center, authorities said.

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Michael James Koranda, 46, of Tabor, was arrested Jan. 5, a day after the Bon Homme County Sheriff’s Office began investigating reports of “possible poisonings” at the Tabor Community Center, according to a probable cause affidavit written by a sheriff's deputy.

He faces a charge of possession of a controlled substance and declined to comment Thursday afternoon.

“An investigation into the incident led me to believe that the patients were all under the influence of THC from a batch of brownies that were brought to the Community Center” by the suspect’s mother, the affidavit said.

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Koranda’s mother told Sheriff Mark Maggs that “her son Michael had baked a pan of brownies and she took them to the Community Center card game,” the affidavit said.

Koranda’s mother handed over the rest of the brownies, the affidavit said.

The deputy who wrote the affidavit said he spoke to two people who ate the brownies at the senior center, the affidavit said.

They said they learned Koranda had been in Colorado, where recreational marijuana is legal, over the weekend and returned with marijuana products, the affidavit said.

“Michael admitted to bringing 1 pound of THC butter to make the pan of brownies and then went to bed, and his mother unknowingly took the brownies to the card game where several people ate them,” according to the affidavit. “Michael said the remaining half pound of butter was still at his house.”

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Koranda turned over the remaining THC butter to investigators, the affidavit said.

Court records in Koranda’s case show he was released on $3,000 bond, and a representative with the county’s clerk’s office said Koranda had not retained an attorney.

NBC affiliate KTIV in Sioux City, Iowa, reported Koranda is a teacher with the Bon Homme School District. No one with the district could be reached for comment Thursday afternoon.

What appears to be Koranda's Linkedin page describes him as a "K-12 Vocal Music Educator" at the district.

Attempts to speak to someone with the Tabor Community Center were unsuccessful Thursday.

South Dakota man arrested after his mom accidentally serves his pot brownies to senior citizens .
Michael James Koranda, 46, of Tabor, South Dakota, was arrested Jan. 5 after his mother unknowingly served his pot brownies at a senior center, officials say.Michael James Koranda, 46, of Tabor, was arrested Jan. 5, a day after the Bon Homme County Sheriff’s Office began investigating reports of “possible poisonings” at the Tabor Community Center, according to a probable cause affidavit written by a sheriff's deputy.

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