Bainbridge Public Safety officers were patrolling the 700 block of Water Street in Bainbridge around 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21 when they smelled the unmistakable odor of burnt marijuana, according to an incident report.
Investigators Chip Nix and Chris Jordan were riding through the neighborhood on another matter when they smelled the marijuana. Looking for the source, the officers saw three men hanging out in the front yard of 721 E. Water Street, and the three men appeared to be drinking and talking.
“It was a clear, quiet night and there wasn’t really anyone else around,” Nix said. “There wasn’t any vehicle traffic or other people out.”
After the officers got out of their car and approached the men, the smell of marijuana became stronger and it seemed to be coming from the three men, Nix said.
Nix saw a ripped, clear plastic baggie containing what looked like cocaine residue lying on the ground near the three men. However, none of the three men would say it was theirs.
Investigators Nix and Jordan did a pat-down search of the three men, based on the presence of marijuana odor. One of the men had no illegal drugs on his person. A second man, Verbain Foreman, 46, of Pahokee, Fla. had a small amount of marijuana on his person.
The third man officers searched, 40-year-old Lee Watts of 146 Pine Ridge Drive, Bainbridge, had eight plastic baggies containing suspected cocaine in his front right pocket. Officers also found more than $1,000 cash in his pockets.
Verbain Foreman was arrested and charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
Watts was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.