Volusia County, Fla. (CBS TAMPA) — A 450-pound Florida man pulled over for not wearing his seat belt was arrested on drug possession charges after sheriff’s deputies discovered that he had hidden 23 grams of marijuana under his “stomach fat.”
A Volusia County Sheriff’s Office deputy positioned along State Road 415 noticed that a large man, Christopher Mitchell, 42, was not wearing a seat belt in the passenger seat of a passing vehicle, according to documents from The Smoking Gun. Volusia County Sherriff’s Deputy Cochran pulled over Mitchell and driver Keithian Roberts, 38, and noticed that both “appeared nervous” in addition to Mitchell’s insistence that he was too large to fasten the seatbelt.
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Growing suspicious, a sheriff’s office drug K-9 was brought to the scene and the ensuing search produced cocaine, a .380-caliber semi-automatic handgun, $7,000 in a tube sock and 23 grams of marijuana hidden under Mitchell’s stomach fat.
“Based on the suspected narcotics located inside the vehicle, Deputy Cochran conducted a search of both Roberts and Mitchell,” reads the police report. “During the search, Deputy Cochran located a plastic bag containing approximately twenty (20) grams of suspected raw cannabis located under Mitchell’s stomach fat.”
Roberts was charged with possession of cocaine, and Mitchell was charged with possession of marijuana and also was cited for not wearing a seat belt, according to a Volusia County Sheriff’s Office release.
According to Florida Department of Corrections records, Mitchell weighed 265 pounds when he was in jail a decade before for cocaine possession. He is noted for various nicknames, including “Biggie” and “Fat Boy.”
— Benjamin Fearnow