JEFFERSON POLICE arrested a 29-year-old Lithonia man who was first caught trying to steal Halloween masks at Family Dollar and then reportedly caught eating marijuana. Jody McCarter Brown, 29, 3001 Winding Grove Drive, Lithonia, was charged with possession of marijuana and theft by shoplifting following the incident.
Before he was arrested, Brown was told that someone witnessed him shoplifting in the store. His response was that he did not have enough money to pay for the mask. When he was told he was under arrest, an officer asked him to produce the items he had taken from the store. Brown removed two Halloween masks from under his sweat pants. An officer additionally removed a cell phone, two knives and some pocket change.
Brown was placed in the back seat of the officers patrol unit while the officer went back into the store to get a price on the stolen items. The officer completed a criminal trespass notice and returned to his patrol vehicle. Once there, he smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the back seat. He looked back and realized Brown was eating something.
Asked if he was eating marijuana, Brown replied, “No dumb-…, it is gum what do you think it is,” the incident report states.
The officer walked back to the passenger side of the vehicle and opened the door, asking Brown to spit the substance out. After getting a pair of gloves from the trunk to retrieve the marijuana, Brown began banging his head on the door, as well as trying to slip his handcuffs in front of him. He additionally lay across the seat and placed his feet on the windows and started to kick the glass. The officer removed him and called another officer, who arrived and calmed Brown down. He was taken to the Jackson County jail.
How absurd, surely the young man must know that no substantial nutritional value can be ascertained by eating marijuana. I would also be inclined to believe that if he were to stop that habit he would find himself in a lot less back seats of police cars or engaging in any of the other aforementioned activity. Just saying...
I am tired of the drug related things happening in this county. There are places I can't eat here because the employees serve a side order of hair with my food. The employees seem to be high and in very poor health. My family was also approached and barely got away from a person appearing to be on drugs at a playground. When I visit neighboring counties I get asked about our county and the high number of drug addicts listed in an arrest magazine thats apparently sold in gas stations. I Don't want our county to be known for drugs! Isn't there something as a community that we should be doing?
I also wish there was something that could be done to end all the drugs,its so easy for our kids to get it and its so sad that theres nothing we can do except pray our kids dont try it,,lets pray that theres someone that can help us....its a never ending battle that we maynot win,lets pray that times will change for the better for our children and grandchildren,,
All I want to know is how in the world did the man get the marijuana in his mouth if he was already placed under arrest in the back of the patrol car????? He had to have already had handcuffs on because later in the report it states he was trying to slip the handcuffs in front of him. just sad.