One man reportedly hid or left some in a patrol car while the other tried to eat it following a traffic stop.
On Friday morning a man was charged with indecent exposure, but he’s now facing changes for marijuana possession. According to incident reports, Griffin Police arrested McArthur Samuel Jr., 21, of 425 North 13th St., for indecent exposure, as an officer reportedly saw him on the sidewalk at 13th and Hallyburton streets, with his pants down at his knees, not zipped and “showing his blue boxers and private parts.”
Samuel was arrested, handcuffed and placed in the patrol car, which had been cleared for contraband before the arrest. He was charged with public indecency and released on a copy of his charges.
While clearing the patrol car after the arrest, the officer reportedly found a pink baggie containing suspected marijuana in the back seat. The marijuana was submitted as evidence and warrants were to be taken for possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce, at a later time.
On Sunday, about 11:20 p.m., an officer observed a Chevrolet Caprice failing to maintain lane in the area of North Expressway and Spalding Street. The officer followed the car as it turned on Spalding, then Flynt streets, where the officer activated his lights.
The car slowed down and eventually came to a stop in the Home Depot parking lot. The officer made contact with the driver and reportedly observed what appeared to be marijuana buds in his lap on the floorboards of the car.
The officer also could reportedly smell the strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The driver then reportedly began coughing and gagging and spitting out more marijuana.
The driver was then pulled out of the vehicle and placed in hand restraints. He was then told to spit out the rest of the marijuana that was in his mouth, which he reportedly did, spitting out a mouthful in the parking lot.
The driver, identified as Rogerick Stargill, 38, of 307 Ashley Trail, Griffin, was then searched and secured in the patrol car. The officer collected as much of the marijuana as he could from the vehicle and off the parking lot.
A check of Stargill reportedly came back with a suspended license. He was transported to headquarters, where he was fingerprinted, issued citations for failure to maintain lane, tampering with evidence, possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce, and driving with a suspended license. He was given bond and bonded out.