|Photo: Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office|
|Richard Baker made a big mistake: He asked the cops for help. In his towel. With a pound in the house.|
A Jefferson County, Alabama man, standing wrapped only in a towel in his front yard, was arrested Wednesday morning, but not because he was almost naked.
Fearing someone was in his house, the towel-rocking man asked Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies to search his home. When they did, they didn’t find any intruders — but they found a pound of marijuana, reports Carol Robinson at The Birmingham News.
“Deputies found no signs of an intruder in the house, and little sign of intelligence outside the house,” said wise-cracking Chief Deputy Randy Christian.
|Jefferson County Chief Deputy Randy Christian: “If you have illegal drugs in the house, it’s probably not a good idea to call attention to yourself by standing in the road naked.”|
A passerby had called deputies at about 4:15 a.m. to report a man was standing naked in the street in the 2200 block of Old Springville Road.
When they arrived, they found Richard Baker, 48, cloaked only in a towel. He told them there was someone in his house trying to rob him, and asked them to go inside and look for the bad guy.
Officers smelled marijuana as soon as they entered Baker’s home, Deputy Christian claimed, and then spotted a plastic grocery bag containing six sandwich baggies, each filled with cannabis.
The total weight of the pot was about a pound, with a value officers estimated between $800 and $1,000.
Baker was arrested for first-degree possession of marijuana and possession of “drug paraphernalia.”
He is now in Jefferson County Jail with a $21,000 bond.
“The moral of the story,” Deputy Christian said, “is if you have illegal drugs in the house, it’s probably not a good idea to call attention to yourself by standing in the road naked.”