FORT PIERCE, Fla. - A state prison inmate who was working on a roadside cleaning crew is facing drug charges after deputies say he accepted 1 gram of marijuana from a passing motorist.
"We have charged Parell Seay, of Tampa, with the felonies of resisting an officer with violence, evidence tampering, and smuggling contraband and the misdemeanor of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana," Sheriff Ken Mascara said in a statement.
Deputies say Seay was assigned to a Florida Department of Corrections work camp from Martin County near North 25th Street and Juanita Avenue when the driver of a black Dodge Charger drove by the work crew and tossed out a packet of marijuana.
Deputies say Seay when they questioned him he attempted to ditch the marijuana but the bag hit the deputy instead.
When deputies questioned Seay, he said he didn't know who tossed the drugs but said, "It's a D.O.C. thing," meaning that someone previously in state custody tossed the item to someone currently in state custody.