A Florida man who was arrested during a traffic stop for having cocaine on his nose tried to claim it was not his, Hillsborough County deputies said.
In a press release, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said Fabricio Tueros Jiminez, 20, was arrested after District III Deputies Eneida Rossi and Abigail Bieber conducted a traffic stop in Tampa on a vehicle where he was the passenger on Sunday, June 9, at 3:45 am.
Following the stop, deputy Rossi immediately noticed that Jiminez had a white powdery substance on his nose that she recognized as powdered cocaine. His nose was swabbed, and a test subsequently yielded positive results for cocaine content.
A photograph of Jiminez taken at the scene and later released by the sheriff's office shows the 20-year-old with a dazed look in his eye and with both his nostrils lined with a white powdery substance.
The officers then conducted a search of the vehicle, whereupon they found a backpack that contained 250 grams of marijuana and 13 Xanax pills. A search of Jiminez's person yielded further drugs.
The sheriff's department said that the deputies found a small baggy of powdered cocaine concealed on him.
They arrested the 20-year-old without incident, except for when he reportedly "attempted to tell the deputies the cocaine on his nose was not his."
The police did not say whether Jiminez offered any answers as to how someone else's cocaine got into his nose.
According to the Smoking Gun, Jiminez was arrested on three felony narcotics possession charges and is also facing probation violation charges that stem from the fact that this is not the first time that Jiminez has been arrested on narcotics possession charges.
In August 2018, the 20-year-old was arrested following a traffic stop in Tampa where police found 11 bags of pot and 4 bags of cocaine in a backpack inside the 2009 Honda Accord in which he was traveling.
He reportedly admitted that the cocaine and marijuana belonged to him and that he "sells the marijuana for additional money." He pleaded guilty to three felonies in connection to the incident and was sentenced in November to two years probation and ordered to perform 50 hours of community service.