Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Briefs; Man Jailed after Fake Cocaine Found

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Briefs; Man Jailed after Fake Cocaine Found

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Byline: DAN SCANLAN

A Mandarin man was arrested early Aug. 10 after a smoke detector was pulled off the wall of a motel room at 8255 Dix Ellis Trail and baking powder packaged to look like cocaine was found, police said.

The 21-year-old was charged with selling counterfeit controlled substances, possession of marijuana and obstructing the extinguishment of a fire.

Four police officers were staking out the motel at 1:30 a.m. when one of them reported seeing what was classified as "suspicious activity, indicative of drug sales" in the police report. An officer knocked on the door, but no one answered for several minutes, although someone peeked through the window curtain, and movement was heard inside.

When the door finally opened, officers smelled burned marijuana inside and saw the smoke detector had been wrenched off the wall, police said. A search uncovered a small amount of marijuana and a box of baking powder in the room. Officers also found small bags of the baking powder packaged to look like cocaine ready for sale as well, police said. Cut-up chunks of soap were found that looked like crack cocaine, police said.

A 19-year-old Mandarin woman who was in the room also was charged with selling counterfeit controlled substances, possession of marijuana and obstructing the extinguishment of a fire, police said.

Following are the crimes and other incidents reported recently on the Southside, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office:

A 31-year-old Southside man was arrested Aug. 10 on charges of trafficking in cocaine after police watched 2 ounces of the drug sold in front of a restaurant at 5930 Powers Ave., police said.

Police said they were watching the restaurant at 3:25 p.m. when two men sold the drugs to someone working with the officers. When the deal was done, police moved in to get the two seen selling, but one ran away. …

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