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Man tries to avoid pot bust by claiming to be youth coach

On Jan. 3, a Texas man was arrested after police found marijuana and other drugs in his car during a traffic stop. The man tried to stop officers from approaching his vehicle by getting out and telling them he was a youth baseball coach.

According to media reports, the defendant was pulled over at approximately 6 p.m. near the intersection of East Texas Avenue and North Pearl Street for failing to have his headlights on. When the officer started walking toward the vehicle, he hopped out and said he was a Mart Youth Baseball and Softball League coach. However, the officer said he smelled marijuana and asked where it was coming from.

At that point, the defendant allegedly confessed that he had marijuana cigarette butts in the ashtray of his vehicle. He further admitted that he had four ecstasy pills in a backpack inside the vehicle. A search of the car allegedly yielded the ecstasy pills, a scale, multiple plastic baggies and a glass jar containing suspected marijuana residue. In addition, officers discovered that the defendant had an outstanding warrant for driving without a valid license in Waco, which is a Class C misdemeanor. He was arrested and charged with state felony possession of a controlled substance. He was held on a $3,000 bond. A representative with the Mart Youth Baseball and Softball League said the defendant may have been a volunteer coach for the organization in the past, but he is now banned.

Individuals charged with drug possession may wish to contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. The attorney could review the arrest record and work to get the charges reduced or thrown out.

Source: Waco Tribune-Herald, "Police: Man claimed to be youth sports coach before drug arrest", Kristin Hoppa, Jan. 4, 2019

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