Man says pants are not his after drugs found in pocket

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GROVE CITY, FL. - A Grove City man told a deputy the pants he was wearing were not his after Oxycodone is found in the pocket.

Arrested for Possession of Oxycodone and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia was 30-year-old James Edwin White.

According to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy was patrolling Monday at 3:44 p.m. and observed a man on a bicycle at 9th Street and Kentucky Avenue in Grove City.

The deputy, who is familiar with the area, did not recognize the man and due to recent burglaries in that area, stopped the man identified as White. The deputy said White’s hands were shaking; he was also trembling and stuttered as well. White was asked if he had anything illegal on his person and he replied “no.” He was then asked if he could search him for any illegal weapons or drugs and he said, “Go ahead.”

Inside his right side pocket, the deputy found a cellophane wrapper with nine Oxycodone pills. Just as the deputy found the pills, White stated, “Oh, wait, these aren’t my pants!” White told the deputy the pants belonged to his uncle and he didn’t know his uncle kept pills in his pants.

A further search of White found a cut blue straw commonly used to snort narcotics; the straw had a powdery residue inside. White was arrested and en route to the jail he kept telling the deputy that the pants were his uncles and he had just thrown them on. The bicycle was taken to the District One office for safekeeping. White posted a $3,500 bond and was released.

Anyone with knowledge of illegal drug activity is asked to please call the CCSO Narcotics Unit at 941-575-2157, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).