Florida Man Found With Marijuana Was Shocked Deputy Searched His Van: Cops

"I can't believe you checked," man told deputy who found bags of marijuana in car

By Brian Hamacher
|  Thursday, Aug 16, 2012  |  Updated 11:00 AM EDT
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An Islamorada man facing drug charges who consented to an officer's search of his van was shocked when the cop actually checked and found several bags of marijuana.

Steven Andrews, 60, was pulled over recently after his red van was spotted driving recklessly near the 76 mile marker, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office said in a Wednesday news release.

When the deputy approached the van, he smelled the distinct odor of marijuana, so he asked Andrews for permission to look inside for weapons or drugs, the release said.

Andrews denied having any and gave him permission, the release said.

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During the search, the deputy found eight separate bags containing 163 grams of pot inside a backpack, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

“I can’t believe you checked. Cops always ask to check but they never do!" Andrews said, according to the release. He also asked the deputy to "help him out" and let him throw the drugs away.

Andrews told the deputy some of the drugs were his and some he was delivering to a friend, the release said. He said if he was arrested, he'd lose his new job.

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The deputy arrested Andrews anyway and charged him with possession of a felony amount of marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

Andrews was booked into jail and it's unknown whether he has an attorney.

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