Man Goes Off For Marijuana At Courthouse Security, Tries To Retrieve Drugs From Area Trash Can

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – Word to the wise: Be sure to throw out the marijuana before entering a courthouse.

Demetrius Nickerson, 31, was arrested Wednesday after he attempted to throw away and then retrieve a bag of more than 20 grams of marijuana at a trash can outside a courthouse – this after having gone through a courthouse metal detector with the marijuana still on him.

At around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, Nickerson attempted to pass through security at a courthouse for an appearance he was set to make, according to Winter Haven Police. Nickerson would set off the metal detector. He would be wanded by security, where they would find a hard, unknown object on Nickerson. In a hurry, Nickerson told security that he would be right back and shot out the front door, only to return a short time later.

Security at the courthouse would call in police, who would discover that Nickerson had tossed a bright yellow bag containing more than 20 grams of marijuana separated into bags, according to the police report.

Nickerson would leave the courthouse about 20 minutes later. As he exited, he would attempt to retrieve the bright yellow bag from the trash can. But as he tried to retrieve the marijuana, police were waiting for him, arresting him on the spot.

He has been charged with possession of drugs within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

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