Tyndall, South Dakota. A South Dakota man is facing charges after police said his mother handed out his cakes during a card game at a local community center.
Shortly after 8:00 pm on January 4, police in Tabora, South Dakota responded to multiple emergency calls reporting possible poisoning. An investigation revealed that all of the patients involved had been at the Tabor community center earlier that evening for a card game.
When the authorities spoke to the patients, they concluded that all of the patients were under the influence of THC from the batch of cakes that were brought to the meeting.
The next morning, the police spoke to the woman who supplied the cakes. She claimed that her son, 46-year-old Michael Koranda from Tabor, baked cakes, which she took to the Tabor community center.
The remains of the pastries were handed over to the police.
The police then turned their attention to the patients. Patients KW and WW, identified in court documents only by their initials, told authorities that several people ate the cakes that Koranda’s mother brought, including themselves.
KW and WW said that it was only after they ate the brownies that they realized Koranda had made the brownies after a week-long trip to Colorado. They said he returned from Colorado with marijuana-containing products.
After receiving testimony from the victims, police headed to Tabor Elementary School, where Koranda works as a vocal music teacher, according to his LinkedIn profile.
The affidavit affirmed that Koranda confessed to bringing home one pound of THC oil from Colorado to Tabor. He claimed to have made THC butter cakes, but went to bed and did not know that his mother took the cakes to a card game.
Koranda told police that he still had half a pound of THC oil in his home, which was then seized by the authorities.
The arresting officer noted in his affidavit that a full account of Koranda’s arrest had not yet been completed and would be provided at a later date.
Koranda was charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance – a class 5 felony. If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison and a $ 10,000 fine.
He is due to appear before the Bon Homme District Court on January 25th.
Brad Peters, Superintendent of the Bon Homme School District, was unavailable for comment.