AVON PARK -A 20-year-old man was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia Friday after the Highlands County Sheriff's Office received information of possible drug use and sale at Donaldson Park, Avon Park, according to the sheriff's office.
Following up on this information, detectives from special investigations were on the lookout Friday and observed two people sitting on a bench at the park, a news release adds.
One appeared to be "smoking something" and carried a backpack. After watching one of them go to the water fountain and return, detectives in plain clothes, approached the men and noticed the odor of freshly burnt cannabis coming from the area, authorities say.
Detectives began a conversation with the two men, asking them where they might "Find some green?" One of the men indicated he smoked earlier, and according to detectives his eyes were bloodshot and watery and appeared to be under the influence.
At this point the detectives identified themselves. When they separated the two, only one, later identified as Pascual Romualdo Trejo, 20, had the "obvious" odor of cannabis about him, the news release adds.
While talking with him, he voluntarily dumped out his backpack and one of the items seen was a white metal container. Detectives asked what was inside the container and Trejo said that it was all he had left. Trejo was found to be in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was charged with these offenses and remains in the Highlands County Jail under $1000 bond, the news release adds. The other person, a juvenile, was not detained.
Sheriff Susan Benton said in the news release: "These parks should be safe places for our kids to enjoy and anyone with information about drug use and sales should report the information."
Contact the Highlands County Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Unit and Sgt. Jamie Davidson at 863-402-7322 or 863-402-7250.
Anyone with information who wants to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS(8477), or go to heartlandcrimestoppers.com