Police: 450-Pound Florida Man Had Marijuana Stashed In His "Stomach Fat"
A 450-pound Florida man was arrested yesterday after cops conducting a traffic stop discovered that he had stashed marijuana under his stomach fat.
Christopher Mitchell, 42, was traveling in a vehicle driven by Keithian Roberts, 38, when the car passed a sharp-eyed Volusia County Sheriff’s Office deputy who noticed that the 5' 6" Mitchell was not wearing a seatbelt.
During a subsequent traffic stop, both men reportedly appeared nervous, prompting the cop to summon a drug-detection dog. Mitchell, investigators noted, claimed to be so big that he was unable to buckle himself in.
After the drug dog alerted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle, officers searched Mitchell, Roberts, and the car. Investigators found "23 grams of marijuana hidden under Mitchell’s stomach fat,” a handgun, $7000 in cash, and some cocaine (for which Roberts was hit with a possession charge). Mitchell, seen in the above mug shot, was also cited for failure to wear a seat belt.
Additonally, deputies noticed that the car’s trunk and its interior were “sprinkled with carpet freshener and scented dryer sheets, a common tactic used to conceal the odor of drugs when they’re being transported,” according to a news release which does not reveal which unfortunate deputy had to excavate the pot from Mitchell's stomach cave.
According to Florida Department of Corrections records, Mitchell was previously convicted of cocaine trafficking (for which he served three years in prison). Mitchell, who was freed in December 2004, had several aliases, including “Biggie” and “Fat Boy.” His weight a decade ago was 265 pounds, jailers reported.
The svelter, smock-wearing Mitchell is seen above in a old prison photo.