Police: Central Texas Man Caught Smoking A Joint Ate The Evidence

A Central Texas man was charged with tampering evidence after police say he ate a marijuana cigarette as an officer pulled him over for a traffic violation.

Jermaine Edwards (Jail photo)

KILLEEN (March 14, 2013)—Jermaine Edwards, 38, was free on bond Thursday after he was charged with tampering with evidence in an incident in which a driver attempted to eat a marijuana cigarette following a traffic stop.

Edwards was arrested on Tuesday after an officer pulled him over for failure to signal a turn while pulling into a parking lot near the intersection of North 10th and Rancier in Killeen, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

The officer caught a whiff of burning marijuana as he approached the car “and noticed that Edwards was chewing on an unknown object,” the affidavit said.

When the officer asked Edwards what he had in his mouth, Edwards turned away and refused to answer.

But after the officer noticed a “green leaf like substance” on the front of Edwards’ shirt, Edwards said “he swallowed a blunt,” the affidavit said.

A blunt is a marijuana cigarette wrapped in a cigar.

The officer also found a bottle in the glove box of the vehicle that for promethazine with codeine, which was prescribed for another person, the affidavit said.

Edwards later posted $20,000 bond, police said Thursday.

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