By Kathy Jefcoats
JONESBORO — Recycling — even criminals do it.
A College Park man has pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana after Riverdale police found the drugs in a couple of places on his body — and inside a potato chip bag. Dominique Dquan Spencer, 24, of Windwood Court was arrested March 13 during a traffic stop for not wearing his seat belt, said Clayton County prosecutor Philip Curtis.
Curtis told Clayton County Superior Court Chief Judge Deborah Benefield that the officer smelled marijuana and asked Spencer "Where's the marijuana?" Spencer reportedly answered, "It just a sack."
Curtis said police searched Spencer and found bags of marijuana packaged for sale near his crotch. Police asked Spencer if he had anything else on him and he told them "No," said Curtis.
However, when Spencer stood up, a Lay's potato chip bag containing several more packages of marijuana fell out of his pants leg. After Spencer was taken to the Clayton County Jail, a more thorough search of his body uncovered more bags near his rectum, said Curtis.
Spencer was charged with crossing the guard line with drugs, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and a seat belt violation. In a plea deal, Benefield sentenced Spencer under the First Offender Act to five years on probation. Benefield also ordered him to pay fines and fees associated with the conviction.
Spencer is to undergo evaluation of and treatment for substance abuse.
Benefield told Spencer to stay away from drugs.
"If you don't, you'll be back here in an orange jumpsuit facing violation of probation," she said. "Get treatment, get it done, and study the terms of your sentence. It's not a list of helpful suggestions. You need to choose differently."