Stopped for loud stereo, driver faces pot charge

Deputies say they found more than $250 worth of pot in the man's pants.

Published: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 2:07 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 2:07 p.m.

A driver who deputies said had his stereo cranked up too loud got a music-free ride to jail in a squad car after authorities said they found more than $250 worth of marijuana stuffed down his pants.

During an increased patrol in the Majestic Oaks apartment complex at 5800 SW 20th Ave. on Tuesday evening, Alachua County Sheriff's Deputy Andy Adams said he heard Michael Clayton, 23, playing music in his vehicle so loudly that it was clearly audible from more than 150 feet away.

Deputies said they spotted several small plastic bags on the front seat of Clayton's vehicle, and Adams said he noticed a strong marijuana smell on Clayton. At about the same time, deputies were notified that Clayton was wanted on a warrant for violating his probation in a drug paraphernalia case.

After Clayton was arrested on the warrant, deputies said he denied having any marijuana on him, but a plastic bag containing 27.6 grams of marijuana, worth about $10 a gram, was found in Clayton's pants. Six other plastic bags, each holding about a gram of marijuana, were found in the car.

In addition to the warrant, Clayton was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of public housing, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving while his license was suspended or revoked.

According to the Florida Department of Corrections, Clayton was released from state prison in September 2009 after being sentenced to a year in prison on a weapons conviction.

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