Florida Keys

Man to cops: I have pot in my butt

A Stock Island man has admitted to hiding marijuana in his buttocks, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

Phillip West, 24, was speeding southbound around 4 a.m. Saturday on Boca Chica Bridge in his white KIA SUV when he passed Monroe County Sherriff’s Office Deputy Evan Calhoun, sheriff’s spokeswoman Deputy Becky Herrin said.

After Calhoun pulled him over, West told the deputy that he did not have a driver’s license, was on probation and did not want to go back to jail. Calhoun handcuffed West, who attempted to run away before Deputy Wendy Negron stopped him, said Herrin.

When placed in the back seat of the police car, West tried to push himself out of the car, before Negron stopped him again, Herrin said.

Once transported to the Stock Island jail, West admitted, after previously denying to deputies that he possessed anything illegal, that he had marijuana, less than three grams, in the crack of his buttocks. The marijuana was eventually removed.

West was charged with driving without a valid license and registration, resisting arrest, introduction of contraband to the jail and violation of probation.

His criminal record includes other charges, including a robbery conviction in June 2012.

He remained in the Stock Island jail Tuesday on $42,500 bond.