Hiding your drugs in your belly fold- it’s so stupid it just might work, right? 42-year-old Christopher Mitchell (a.k.a. “Fat Boy” a.k.a. “Biggie”) is a central Florida resident who weighs in at about 450 pounds thought this was the best strategy, and now he is now facing multiple charges after sheriff’s deputies have reported he allegedly hid cocaine and 23 grams of marijuana under his “stomach fat.”
A deputy for the Volusia County sheriff’s office stopped a vehicle on Friday June 13th after the officer said he noticed that the passenger of the vehicle wasn’t wearing a seat-belt. Mr. Mitchell was said to have told the deputy that he was unable to wear a seat-belt due to his size. The deputy says he requested a drug-detecting dog because Mitchell, and the driver of the vehicle 38 year-old Keithian Roberts, appeared nervous.
Upon having the drug-detecting dog inspect the vehicle the dog indicated there were drugs somewhere inside. The suspects are truly criminal masterminds, as it is reported they tried to hide the smell of the drugs with carpet freshener and scented dryer sheets, however the drug dog was not fooled.
Officials related to the case claim they also found a handgun and $7,000 in cash in the vehicle, in addition to the drugs that we found. Christopher Mitchell and the driver were promptly arrested following the search.
The driver was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine, and Mitchell was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and for not wearing a seat belt.
According to his notorious arrest record Mitchell was convicted in 2002 for conspiracy to traffic cocaine, but records indicate he has gained about 200 pounds since then, probably beefing up for this big job!
Some smugglers are a little bit more clever, but still not very effective. Authorities in Jackson, Michigan reported a man tried to throw a football loaded with drugs and cellphones into the yard of a state prison. The Detroit Free Press and the Jackson Citizen-Patriot news reported that the football contained heroin, marijuana, tobacco, three cellphones and chargers, but the hail marry was quickly intercepted.
State Trooper Toby Baker says the attempt to smuggle the contraband into the prison on Sunday was just short of a touch down, with the football landing between two fences instead of the yard where prisoners exercise.
An officer at the G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility saw the man who threw the football, and officers caught up with him and immediately arrested 22 year-old Christen D. Moore. Moore was arraigned the following Tuesday in the Jackson District Court on contraband charges and sentenced to be jailed on a $50,000 bond until the probable-cause hearing scheduled for June 30 could decide his sentencing. More than likely he will be sitting the bench for a few seasons.
Canada’s “Cannabix Breathalyzer”
Kal Malhi, a retired Canadian Mountie officer has revolutionized a new and innovative Breathalyzer designed to detect marijuana on the breath of suspects considered to be under the influence. Soon this may prove to be a powerful weapon in the war on drugging and driving.
Malhi was inspired to construct a more effective Breathalyzer specifically for detection of marijuana after coming across a Swedish study about breath testing technology. The Langley man then partnered with Vancouver’s Dr. Raj Attariwala and Florida’s own Dr. Bruce Goldberger to shape the “Cannabix Breathalyzer” project into a reality. According to Malhi it is an important issue because drivers don’t believe the will get caught for smoking and driving.
Police currently use saliva, blood, and urine samples to test drivers suspected of being under the influence of marijuana, but the tests are unreliable because the THC in marijuana can show up in a person’s system for several days. To truly determine if a person was actually high when they were driving is made extremely difficult to pin-point based on that information.
“People are becoming very afraid to drink and drive nowadays because they feel that they will get caught and charged, but they’re not afraid to drug and drive because they don’t feel that law enforcement will do anything about it,” said Malhi when interviewed about the invention.
Malhi has a patent pending, and it’s estimated the “Cannabix Breathalyzer” could potentially detect if the driver has used marijuana down to within the previous two hours, but still has to be tested in the field before being approved for official use.
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