Tripp Keber, Dixie Elixirs founder, busted for pot possession in Alabama
Dixie Elixirs owner and founder Tripp Keber didn't get to do much hanging out at the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama two weeks ago, after a security guard kicked off a search that resulted in misdemeanor (and initially felony) drug charges against the Denver businessman.
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Alabama law prevents us from accessing Keber's arrest report. But a Baldwin County Sheriff's Department spokesman filled us in about the incident, which took place at around 2 p.m. on May 18.
The whole situation sounds pretty Keystone Kop-ish. Apparently, a security guard checking backpacks told sheriff's deputies working the grounds that he'd seen a pill of some sort; it was suspected of being Adderall, the spokesman told us. Shortly thereafter, a deputy asked Keber if he could conduct a search and he consented.
That's when the sheriff's department rep says the deputy found "something sharp" in Keber's pocket -- which turned out to be liquid THC with toothpicks in it (we have no idea, either).
Keber's booking photo.
That explains the marijuana charge -- which wouldn't have even been a crime here in Colorado.
Police initially said they also found two vials that registered positive for cocaine using a field test. That would have carried a felony charge in Alabama.
Under Colorado law, people with felony convictions aren't allowed to work in the medical marijuana industry at all and are precluded from taking part in the newly created recreational pot industry for at least a decade.
Fortunately for Keber, the more serious charges didn't stick -- and when we spoke with him last week, he said he didn't have any cocaine in his possession.
However, Keber owned up to having the THC on him. He chalked up the incident to a mistake in judgment.
A short time later, Keber struck a deal in court: He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor marijuana possession, resulting in a two-year probationary sentence that includes random drug and alcohol testing. Keber says he's required to phone in daily and take a test whenever he's told to do so.
If all goes well, the charges will eventually be wiped from his record. Keber says he's two weeks into the "cleanse" and is feeling great.
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