In retrospect, it probably wasn't a good idea to wear a shirt decorated with a drawing of marijuana leaves. It could lead the police to suspect the presence of drugs.
A Conley man's attire caught the attention of a Commerce Police Department officer who pulled him over for windshield and brake light violations at the intersection of Jefferson Road and North Broad Street at 1:40 a.m.
When the officer discovered that Jose Salmeron, 19, of 4240 Cottage Lane, Conley, had no license, he placed him under arrest.
Then, sensing that Salmeron might be prone to enjoying a little weed, the officer inquired as to whether any drugs were in the vehicle. According to the arrest report, Salmeron admitted that a single joint could be found in the map holder in the door.
The officer recovered that cigarette, and a search of the rest of the vehicle turned up a plastic bag containing suspected crack cocaine, another containing powdered cocaine, and a second partially smoked marijuana cigarette that was in the ash tray.
Both Salmeron and his passenger, Jose Huerta, 20, 5942 Mariah Lane, Forest Park, said they knew nothing at all about the two bags of drugs. Police charged both with possession of cocaine and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
Salmeron, who according to the report was unable to stay still, kept bobbing his head and getting emotional and who admitted to using cocaine and marijuana, was also charged with driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs, driving without a license, and windshield and brake light violations.