State - INACTIVE

Florida man hides more than $1,000 in cash in his buttocks, cops say. It doesn’t work.

Pattreon Stokes
Pattreon Stokes

A man in Marion County who was arrested on drug trafficking charges learned quickly that hiding a stash of cash in his rear-end doesn't pay off.

According to the Marion County Sheriff's Office, a deputy stopped 26-year Pattreon Stokes for speeding early Saturday morning in the area of East Highway 40 and Baseline Road.

Deputy Calvin Bates smelled marijuana from the car, the sheriff's office said.

A search revealed approximately 197 grams of methamphetamine, rock cocaine, four grams of heroin, a scale, a small amount of marijuana and a large amount of currency on his person.

Also in the car, deputies said: A 7-month-old in the front passenger seat.

Stokes was arrested and when he arrived at the jail, the money he had on him was missing.

“Detention deputies then noticed something quite unusual… they observed $20.00 bills falling from Stokes’ buttocks area,” the sheriff's office said in a Facebook post. “After a necessary but undesirable process for everyone involved, MCSO Detention Deputies located $1,090.00 in U.S. currency hidden in Stokes’ rectum.”

Stokes is charged with smuggling contraband into a detention facility, trafficking methamphetamine, trafficking heroin, possession of cocaine with the intent to sell, manufacture or deliver, possession of marijuana and possession of drug equipment.

Carli Teproff: 305-376-3587, @CTeproff

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