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Ripon Police say they caught pot brownie maker in act of baking

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Ripon Police say they caught pot  brownie maker in act of baking

Plastic evidence bags filled with brownies believed to have been laced with marijuana were found by Detective Gordon West.

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POSTED September 29, 2012 1:35 a.m.

RIPON — A probation search initiated about 4 p.m. Friday  found a “self-employed baker” turning out what Ripon Police believed to be marijuana-laced brownies in his apartment kitchen in the 1500 block of West Main St.

Nicholas Matthew Zunker, 24, was booked into San Joaquin County Jail on three felony charges including possession of cannabis, possession of marijuana for sale and child endangerment.

Detective Gordon West of a special investigation unit that was formed just last week found some three pounds of brownies, cash, marijuana, marijuana packaging supplies and an electronic scale along with additional marijuana paraphernalia in the residence.  A police scanner, a switchblade knife and an air rifle were located in the living room, police said.

While officers were on the scene conducting their investigation, a number of subjects appeared at the apartment door.  A juvenile at the residence was turned over to the San Joaquin County Child Protective Services.

The juvenile was deemed by officers to be in danger due to the access to the drugs, the suspected drug-laden brownies, the switchblade knife and the air rifle.

Zunker with nicknames of Senior, Nicky and Spanky is slated to appear in the Manteca Branch of the San Joaquin County Jail on Oct. 2, at 1:30 p.m.  His bail was set at $170,000.

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