Florida Man Arrested on Drug Charge Claimed Bag of Syringes was For Fishing
The Indian Rover County Sheriff's Office responded Saturday afternoon (1/22/22) to a 911 call about a suspicious person…. when they arrived they encountered Eric Bennett, 30, on a Vero Beach street. An officer described Bennett as “visibly intoxicated on an unknown substance.”
Asked about large bulges in the pockets of his shorts--and whether he possessed any weapons--Bennett replied, “I have hypodermic needles for fishing.” He then removed “a plastic bag with syringes inside” from a pocket and placed them on the hood of the police car.
Bennett also handed over a cigarette pack containing a baggie with fentanyl. “
The Vero Beach resident was arrested on a felony narcotics possession charge and booked into the county jail, where he is being held in lieu of $7500 bond.
Bennett, is scheduled to be arraigned on February 25, has prior convictions for grand theft, DUI, driving without a license, possession of drug paraphernalia, and a probation violation.
When arrested on January 22, Bennett was not carrying any fishing equipment, nor did he explain on his plan to catch fish with the needles.
Read the Full Police Report from The Smoking Gun below...