Some Suspiciously Green “Tobacco” on a Passenger’s Shirt Leads to a Marijuana Charge: Brecksville Police Blotter
The following information was supplied by the Brecksville Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.
Blatantly ignoring an officer’s request is probably not the best way to handle a traffic stop, but a 27-year-old Broadview Heights man did just that on Nov. 17.
The officer pulled a car over for speeding on state Route 82 at about 10:27 p.m. and soon noticed that the passenger didn’t have his seatbelt on. He did have something on his shirt, though—something that the officer thought looked like marijuana. The passenger said it was tobacco, but the officer asked for the man to hand it to him for a closer look. The officer reported that the passenger first went to grab something else and then, after being prompted to hand the officer the “tobacco,” picked it off his shirt, rolled it up and dropped it to the ground.
The man was asked to step out of the car. Police saw some more marijuana flakes on the floor and found a small bag of marijuana and two marijuana cigars in the man’s pocket. He was charged for possession of marijuana—a charge he protested with some rough language—and cited for the seatbelt violation. The driver was cited for speeding.
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