A routine traffic stop on U.S. 1 late Thursday turned into a marijuana bust for city police of a man who first insisted he was a “working man” and had no drugs in his car.
Robert Earl Jones Jr., 29, of Fort Piece is facing charges of possession of marijuana over 20 grams, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, and possession of drug equipment.
He came to the attention of city police by driving around in a grey Buick with an expired temporary license plate, according to an arrest report made public Friday.
Officers pulled him over near Savannah Road around 10:20 p.m. and got a strong whiff of marijuana when he rolled down the car window. Asked whether there were any drugs in the vehicle, Jones denied it, the report said.
Suspecting otherwise, police called in a K9 unit to sniff out the vehicle. The dogs confirmed the presence of marijuana, and officers found a bag of the substance in the Buick’s trunk.
Jones confessed to having drugs on his body when told he would face a felony charge if they were found on him while he was being processed at the St. Lucie County Jail. After a quick search, police located it, as well as five bundles of money totaling $604, the arrest report said.
In all, 126.5 grams of marijuana — about one-quarter pound — was found on Jones and in his car, the arrest report said.
It was unclear Saturday whether Jones remained at the St. Lucie County Jail.