Man claims to have eaten marijuana prior to traffic stop and snorted cocaine

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A man pulled over by Murfreesboro Police for doing 52 in a 40 mile per hour zone, evidently had marijuana on his lap and his shirt when stopped. When Officer M. Manor asked 22-year old Jonathon L. Bess if that was indeed marijuana on his lap and shirt, the report shows, “He stated YES. Mr. Bess also stated he ate most of it prior to me making contact with him.”

Police searched the car being operated by Bess and reported that they found a short straw in the center console with a white residue on it. The arresting officer wrote, “Mr. Bess advised he snorted cocaine with that straw.” The straw was then field tested by Officer Manor and it did test positive for cocaine.

Bess then told police that he took the tag off his old pick-up truck and placed it on the 2004 Ford Mustang he was pulled over in. Needless to say, he was charged with drug possession, tampering with evidence (for eating the marijuana), and with misuse of a vehicle registration. He also received a citation for failure to show proof of financial responsibility.


Bess is being held behind bars at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center at this time.



MPD Arrest Report #14-9148
Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office



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