cocaine drug bag

A DeLand man who was charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling, domestic violence stalking, and criminal mischief, didn’t show up for his court appearance July 28.

On July 29, police found him at a DeLand locale known for suspicious drug-related activity and placed him under arrest on an active felony warrant for failure to appear.

When the officers searched him, they found, in one of his pockets, “a small plastic bag containing a green leafy substance and a glass cylindrical pipe with burn marks and copper filter.”

Court Date Skipper was placed in the back of a patrol car, driven to the DeLand Police Department, and then taken to jail.

However, shortly after he left the patrol car, officers found “.1 grams of a white rock substance on the seat and the floor board where [Court Date Skipper] was seated.”

The white rock substance tested presumptive positive for crack cocaine, as did the glass pipe. The leafy green substance, however, didn’t test positive for THC as the officers had expected; it was “entered into Evidence for destruction.”

So now Court Date Skipper is not only charged with skipping his court date (and, of course, burglary, stalking and criminal mischief), but also with a felony narcotics offense and misdemeanor possession of narcotic paraphernalia.

As Jerry Reed used to sing, “When you’re hot, you’re hot!”

— 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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