Bradenton man arrested after telling police: 'I don't smoke cigarettes, I smoke weed'

January 23, 2014 


SARASOTA -- A Bradenton man was charged with felony possession of crack cocaine after he told officers, "I don't smoke cigarettes, I smoke weed," Sarasota police said.

Charles Williams, 41, was one of several people officers saw sitting at a table on the north end of Whitaker Park, 1401 N. Tamiami Trail, about 2 p.m. on Jan. 18.

"As officers approached the people sitting at the table, they noticed Williams turn around on the bench where he was sitting and drop a cigarette box to the ground.

When officers told Williams he had dropped his cigarettes, he respond: "I don't smoke cigarettes, I smoke weed," according to the report.

In the cigarette box, officers found a small, blue-colored transparent baggie containing four pieces of suspected crack cocaine. A field test confirmed the substance was cocaine, police said.

Williams was released from jail after posting $1,500 bond.

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