Man Thanks Deputies Who Busted Him: They Found His Bong

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Manatee County Sheriff’s Office
Mark Fiasco: Thanks, sheriff dudes… I’ve been looking for that bong for seven years, brah!

‚ÄčIt was a bad news/good news scenario. A Florida man got busted for marijuana, but the search of his trunk revealed a bong inside a plastic shopping bag that he said had been lost for years.

Mark Fiasco (yes, that’s really his last name) thanked deputies who arrested him Friday morning during a vehicle search that also turned up the bong he said he lost years ago, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, reports Paradise Afshar of The Bradenton Herald.
Fiasco and Matthew Haley were pulled over around midnight; officers claimed a license plate light was out. The deputies’ report said the car had also been involved in a previous drug case in which an arrest was made.
When deputies first approached Fiasco, 23, he provided an address that did not match what was listed on his license. He was then asked if there were any drugs in the car and he said no, according to the report.
A search of the vehicle — to which Fiasco apparently consented, which you should never do — revealed just over an ounce, 29.3 grams of marijuana, to be precise, in the trunk. The search also revealed a big bong inside a plastic shopping bag.

After being read their rights, both Fiasco and Hawley, also 23, admitted to knowing the cannabis was in the trunk (rookie mistake) and that they had purchased it earlier in the evening with the intent to smoke it later (ditto), according to the report.
Fiasco then told deputies he’d been looking for the bong, which he said he bought for $150, for the past seven years. He said he had assumed a roommate had stolen it, according to the report.
“Hate to see the inside of that car if he could not find that item for seven years,” wrote one commenter on the Herald’s site.
Fiasco was charged with possession of marijuana, possession with the intent to use (see what happens when you tell cops the truth? additional charges), and failure to change an address on a license.
He is being held in Manatee County Jail on a $1,240 bond.
Hawley has been charged with possession of marijuana and possession with the intent to use (ditto). He is also in Manatee County Jail on a $1,120 bond.
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