Tampa Man arrested for throwing out bag of marijuana at courthouse

Winter Haven police have arrested a 31-year-old man on drug charges after he threw away a bag containing more than 20 grams of marijuana at a courthouse. Police say Demetrius Nickerson was at the courthouse around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday and attempted to pass through security. After setting off the metal detector, Nickerson was wanded by security personnel, who discovered a hard, unknown object.

Nickerson quickly told security that he would be right back and headed out the front door. Police say he returned a short time later and proceeded through security.

During this time, security became suspicious and called police, who discovered that Nickerson had thrown away a bright yellow bag containing marijuana separated into bags. Twenty minutes later, Nickerson left the courthouse and retrieved the bag from the garbage can. Officers were waiting for him and he was arrested and charged with Possession of Drugs within 1,000 Feet of a School, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

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