Johnny Mccoy: Vero Beach man with drugs in trousers says pants not his, police say

A man found with crack cocaine in the pants he was wearing said the trousers didn't belong to him.

Instead, Johnny Mccoy, 56, told an Indian River County Sheriff's deputy he stole the pants from a church, according to a recently released affidavit.

The deputy didn't give Mccoy forgiveness, arresting the Vero Beach man on drug-related charges.

The case began about 9:45 p.m. April 1 as a deputy spotted Mccoy riding a bicycle west on 44th Street near 28th Avenue in Vero Beach. The bicycle lacked the required lights, and the deputy stopped him.

The deputy asked Mccoy whether he had anything illegal -- such as drugs -- and he said he didn't.

The deputy asked for consent to search Mccoy, and Mccoy handed over a cigarette pack where the investigator spied a half smoked marijuana cigarette, which is a cigarette made of marijuana.

"As I began to search his pockets, he stated quickly that the pants he was wearing were not his," an affidavit states. "He claimed he stole them from a church."

In a front pants pocket, a deputy found a bag of crack cocaine, an illegal drug typically not found in church.

The church where Mccoy reportedly stole the pants, which some secure with a belt or suspenders, wasn't listed in the affidavit.

Mccoy, of the 4500 block of 41st Avenue in Vero Beach, was arrested on charges including possession of cocaine and possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana.

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