Man Originally Stopped for a Broken Brake Light Eats Marijuana, Gets Arrested

EL PASO— A man was originally stopped by El Paso police for a broken brake light, but as police approached the car, the strong scent of fresh marijuana led to his arrest.

Richard Parker, 29, was driving a 2005 Lincoln LS Sport in the 2200 block of N. Stanton with a “defective” brake light and was stopped by an EPPD officer. As the officer approached he smelled the scent of fresh marijuana coming from the inside of the vehicle.

The officer noticed that Parker’s mouth appeared to be full, and asked him to open his mouth. Parker opened his mouth and showed the officer the fresh marijuana stuffed inside his mouth. Parker refused to spit out the marijuana, and was placed under arrest for tampering with evidence.

“I ate some weed, you know dog,” Parker told the EPPD officer.

His bond was set at $5,000.

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