MIAMI (WSVN) - A South Florida man has been arrested after police said they found marijuana in his car while he was playing Pokémon Go.
Police said that just after midnight, Thursday, they spotted a car driving through the parking lot of the Pelican Harbor Boat Ramp in Miami. “As the police came over and checked him out, he rolled down the window — a cloud of marijuana smoke appeared to come out of the car, which aroused the cops interests, and in questioning, he indicated he was in the park looking for Pokémon,” said Ed Griffith of the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office.
Police said they found marijuana in the man’s car. “On one hand, it’s a normal possession of marijuana case,” Griffith said. “On the other hand, it’s a little unusual.”
According to an arrest report, cops found a medium sized zip-lock back with marijuana in it, they also found multiple clear small empty baggies, a scale and a grinder.
The area has recently been a hot spot for Pokémon Go players. Two players could be seen there playing the popular game, Thursday afternoon.
The game uses augmented reality via smartphones. Players travel around in the real world, in search of animated Pokémon creatures that can only be seen on the smartphone. The game was released last week and has attracted many players.
Despite its recent release, Pokémon Go has already made headlines. However, this may be the first Pokémon-related arrest in Miami-Dade County. “We’ve seen the stories about being careful as you wander around and pay attention,” Griffith said. “There’s also something about, be careful that you follow the law.”
The suspect faces felony charges including possession of marijuana with intent to sell and drug paraphernalia with intent to deliver. He has since bonded out of jail.
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