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Cops: 450-Pound Man Stashed Pot in Stomach Fat

Florida man was too big to wear seat belt
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 16, 2014 3:08 AM CDT

(Newser) – A Florida man's cunning plan to smuggle drugs in his ample stomach fat was foiled because he was too big to fasten his seat belt. Police say that after 450-pound suspect Christopher Mitchell—whose aliases include "Fat Boy" and "Biggie"—appeared nervous during a traffic stop, a drug-sniffing dog was called in and a search turned up 23 grams of marijuana stashed under rolls of fat, the Smoking Gun reports.

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Cocaine, a handgun, and $7,000 in cash stuffed into a sock were also found during a search of the vehicle, which was pulled over when a deputy spotted that Mitchell didn't have a seat belt on, the New York Daily News reports. The 42-year-old suspect, who weighed around 200 pounds less when he was convicted of conspiracy to traffic cocaine in 2002, was charged with marijuana possession as well as failure to wear a seat belt. (Read more seatbelt stories.)

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