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Man found on Blountstown Greenway with Fiakka, straw

The Calhoun-Liberty Journal of Bristol, Florida

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A Greenwood man sitting at a picnic table at the head of Blountstown's Greenway Trail found himself sitting in jail a short time later after he was found to be in possession of the drug Fiakka, a cut straw and rolling papers.

Blountstown Police Officer Daisy Holliday was conducting a special detail in the area Nov. 1 when she saw Lamaris K. Jones, 24, quickly shove something into his pocket as she approached. The officer conducted a search and discovered an open pack of cigarillos that held a clear bag with a green and brown leafy material in his pants pocket. Jones told her the substance was incense.

The officer then took a look in the cigarette pack when she found a small baggie with a crystal-like substance and white powdery residue along with a cutoff straw, which also had a white residue.

When asked what he used the straw for, Jones replied, "Toots."

When asked what was in the baggie, Jones told her it was cocaine. The substance tested positive for the presence of cocaine but is believed to be Flakka, a synthetic drug similar to "bath salts," according to the deputy's report.

Blountstown Police Chief Mark Mallory said the drug is primarily made in China. In this area, he said people have been mixing it with cocaine. "It's hard to test for," he said, explaining, "there's so many different ways of making it."

The hallucination-inducing drug can make users "look and act like a zombie," he said, adding that people can become overheated and sometimes strip off their clothing while under the influence.

Jones was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.



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Original Publication Date: November 4, 2015



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