Florida man arrested on drug charges by THP

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By Charlotte Underwood

Illegal narcotics hidden inside a child’s teddy bear resulted in an unhappy ending for a Florida man.

Last Thursday, Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Kelly Smith stopped a vehicle for speeding. After speaking with the driver and issuing a warning citation, Smith then spoke with the passenger, Brian Fox, 30, of Bradenton Fla., the THP report said. Smith noted in his report that the two men’s travel itineraries differed from one another. Smith then asked Fox if there were any drugs inside the vehicle, he said no.

This led Smith to ask Fox about drug use. He replied he had smoked marijuana in the past, but that it had been awhile, according to the THP report. Smith, after receiving permission, ran a K-9 around the vehicle. The dog allegedly gave a positive response to the vehicle, resulting in a search being conducted on the vehicle, the THP report said.

A search of the vehicle revealed prescription medication for Fox located in the console. It consisted of 200 Oxycodone 30 mg pills, 59 Alprazolam 2mg pills and 90 Carisoprodol pills. Also discovered in the search was a teddy bear. Within the teddy bear was 50 Oxycontin 80 mg pills, 500 Oxycodone 30 mg pills, 1 alprazolam 2 mg pill, according to the arrest warrant. There was no prescription for the pills hidden inside the teddy bear. Even though neither claimed to know anything about the bear or the pills in the car, they still found themselves arrested.

Fox was charged with two counts of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of a legend drug.