Someone called in a “drug complaint” on a Gray Highway man Feb. 16. When a Bibb sheriff’s deputy went to the man’s apartment, the man “denied any drug accusation,” an incident report noted. The complaint was apparently about people smoking pot there, but the man, 52, said he didn’t allow smoking because he has a medical condition and “is on 24-hour oxygen.” The man even “picked up the oxygen tube to hammer (home) his point that smoking (is) not allowed in his residence,” the deputy wrote in his report. The deputy then asked why the place smelled like smoke. The man said the smoke had drifted in from outside and he granted the deputy permission to search inside. The deputy found several ashtrays “that were not decorative” throughout the apartment, his report noted. “After observing one ashtray in every room of the apartment, including the bathroom, I re-clarified again with (the man) if he smokes. (He) repeated he can’t smoke because of the oxygen and he doesn’t allow people in his residence to smoke.” The man changed his story when the deputy spotted recently burned ashes. The man said a friend of his had been smoking earlier. Then the man “began coughing and doing distractive behavior,” and he tossed a cloth over a jar on an end table, the report said. The jar was an herb jar, and when the deputy opened it, the man’s “face sank into his hands.” The jar reeked of marijuana, the deputy noted, but the man said it had been there since he moved in three years earlier. The man was cited for being present in a dive.
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