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The next day, April 7, a transient locked himself in the men’s room at a convenience store in DeLand at around 4 in the morning.

DeLand police were called, they announced themselves to the transient in the water closet, and he unlocked the door and exited the loo.

The fellow took “a small clear plastic bag containing a white powdery substance” from his pocket, and “dropped the bag behind his left leg and while doing so the white substance was transferred onto his pant leg and onto the ground.” (Turns out there was a little hole in the plastic bag.)

After receiving his Miranda warning, the hapless fellow said the white substance was BC Powder pain reliever, which “he stores in a clear plastic bag because he prefers to lick the powder out of his hand in small increments over an extended period of time and the clear bag is the best way to store the powder.”

Surprisingly, this turned out not to be true. The white stuff tested presumptive positive for heroin, and the transient got to spend the remainder of the night in the county jail.

Since his bail was set at $1,000, it’s likely he’s spent quite a few more nights and days in jail, and maybe he’s fine with that.

— By Keith Allen, based on local police-agency reports. If you have information about a crime, call Crime Stoppers, 1-888-277-TIPS. You could be eligible for a reward.

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