When off-duty Early police Sgt. Shawn Dibrell asked a man for a marijuana roach, the man reached into his car’s ashtray, retrieved the roach and gave it to Dibrell.
“That was nice of him,” Dibrell said. “I told him I had something for him and I pulled out my badge.”
Dibrell got the man out of the car, handcuffed him and called Brownwood police, since the incident happened outside a Brownwood convenience store. Officers found more marijuana in the man’s car, Dibrell said.
James Gaines, 18, of Brownwood, was booked Wednesday night into the Brown County Jail on a charge of delivery of marijuana, jail records state.
Dibrell, who lives in Brownwood, said he was on his way to work Wednesday night when he stopped at the Food Plaza at Fourth and Magnolia to buy coffee. He wore plainclothes, his badge and gun concealed.
“As I’m checking out, there’s this guy in front of me purchasing two peach-flavored cigars,” Dibrell said. “I could then smell marijuana and I suspected he was going to use the cigars to make a blunt with. So I went out and followed him to his car.”
Dibrell smelled more marijuana from inside the car. He leaned down and asked the man through the window if he had any marijuana for sale.
“He said he’d just got finished smoking it in his car,” Dibrell said. “He said he didn’t have any but would go get me some. Then I asked him if he’d get me a roach.
“He reached in his ash tray and gave me a roach.”
By Steve Nash
Saturday, February 7, 2009 8:05 AM CST