A man from Florida found with cocaine on his nose allegedly tried to convince police the drugs weren’t his.
Fabricio Jimenez, from New Port Richey, was travelling in a car which was pulled over by police during a traffic stop. It was then the officers noticed a white substance on his nose.
The 20-year-old’s nose was swabbed, and a test revealed the substance was cocaine, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Jiminez told officers the cocaine wasn’t his. The police then found a small bag of the substance on him, however.
The officers also found a backpack in the car, which contained around 250 grams of marijuana and 13 Xanax pills.
The 20-year-old was arrested without incident and now faces unspecified drug charges.
Posting about the incident on their Facebook page, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office wrote:
SOMETHING DOESN’T SMELL RIGHT: District III Deputies Eneida Rossi and Abigail Bieber conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle where Fabricio Tueros Jimenez 01/05/99 was the passenger.
Deputy Rossi immediately noticed Jimenez had a white powdery substance on his nose she recognized to be powder cocaine. Jimenez’s nose was swabbed and a test yielded positive results for cocaine content.
Deputies located a backpack that contained 250 grams of Marijuana and 13 Xanax pills. A search of Jimenez yielded a small baggy of powder cocaine concealed on him.
Jimenez was arrested without incident but he attempted to tell the deputies the cocaine on his nose was not his!!!
Deputies conducted a traffic stop where the passenger, Fabricio Tueros Jimenez 01/05/99, had a white powdery substance on his nose. Jimenez’s nose was swabbed positive for cocaine. Deputies found a bag of Marijuana, Xanax pills & a small bag of cocaine. Jimenez was arrested. pic.twitter.com/Pb06sj8ibM
— HCSO (@HCSOSheriff) June 10, 2019
Possession of cocaine is a serious offence in Florida. Possession of anything more than 28 grams is considered trafficking, and can be punished as a first-degree felony. However, first-time cocaine offenders found with small amounts of the substance can sometimes qualify for diversion programmes rather than a jail sentence, according to FindLaw.
Despite a number of states in the US legalising marijuana, in Florida it is still illegal unless used for medicinal purposes.
Last month, another Florida man who police tried to pull over during a traffic stop decided he simply ‘didn’t want to stop’, so carried on driving and managed to evade the police for quite some time.
Around an hour later he was still roaming free, so 19-year-old Nicholas Jones decided to call 911 to get an update on his situation.
Take 55 seconds and listen to a suspect call police on himself.
— Elizabeth Pace (@PaceAnJax) May 29, 2019
Speaking to the 911 operator, Jones said:
Like… My question is … I’m assuming he put an APB out that has someone looking for my car… so like he definitely got the plate number but I’ve passed like four cops just driving around … Like what are you guys doing?
Looking up other people’s noses, it seems.
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Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.