Police say they found a bag of methamphetamine at a man’s feet, arrested him, then found more bags of drugs in his underwear.
“I seized the items recovered from (James E. Smith’s) boxers as evidence,” says a statement filed by police as part of charging documents.
According to that probable cause statement, police stopped a car with expired tags in May. The driver, Smith, 35, was believed to have warrants, the statement says.
An officer placed Smith in handcuffs and explained that he was not under arrest, but was being detained while the office could confirm a warrant. While waiting, an officer noticed a small plastic bag, with what appeared to be methamphetamine, at Smith’s feet.
The officer said Smith must have dropped the bag, to which Smith angrily replied that it must have blown across the parking lot and stopped at his feet, according to the statement.
The warrant was confirmed and police arrested Smith. While police waited for a tow truck for Smith’s vehicle, Smith said he thought he had a bag of methamphetamine in his underwear, the statement says.
The officer, wearing a pair of disposable gloves, checked the waistband area, the location Smith had indicated. But the officer did not find the plastic bag. Later at the jail, Smith again told an officer he had a baggy in his underwear, according to the statement.
The officer, again using gloves and “being careful to keep his boxer shorts up for his privacy” found a large plastic bag containing several smaller bags, the statement says.
Police say the bags contained Hydrocodone pills and methamphetamine.
Police say Smith’s cellphone included several messages that indicated he was selling the drugs.
Prosecutors, who filed a felony distribution charge against Smith on Tuesday, say the man has previous convictions for forgery, stealing and use of drug paraphernalia, as well as an arrest in Kansas for manufacturing a controlled substance.
A criminal summons for Smith was issued Thursday.