An East Naples teen was arrested Friday by Naples police officers who reported catching him eating marijuana after pulling over the car he was riding in for having the wrong license plate.
Adam Garcia-Parra, 19, of the 11400 block of Trinity Place, was arrested at the 800 block of Eighth Avenue South.
While officers were on patrol they ran a license check on a silver Nissan, which revealed the tag actually belonged to a green Chrysler, according to an arrest report. Officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with the driver, whose name was redacted from reports.
The driver and passengers, including Garcia-Parra, were asked to exit the car so officers could conduct a search of the vehicle for weapons or drugs, reports said.
While officers searched the car they discovered marijuana in the back seat, where Garcia-Parra had been sitting, officers said. They noticed a green leafy substance on Garcia-Parra’s shirt and asked him to open his mouth to check if he had tried consuming the marijuana, reports said. They found marijuana leaves on Garcia-Parra’s tongue and in the molars of his teeth, reports said.
Officers said they attempted to make contact with the driver’s guardians but were unable to reach them.
Garcia-Parra and the driver were arrested and transported to the Naples Jail Center where a marijuana cigarette was found in the pocket of Garcia-Parra’s pants, authorities said.
Garcia-Parra faces charges of tampering with physical evidence, possession of marijuana less than 20 grams, and introduction of contraband to a county detention facility. The driver faces charges of possession of marijuana less than 20 grams, attaching tag not assigned to property, no motor vehicle registration, no driver’s license, and no proof of insurance.