Curtis Williams, 46, was arrested Sunday, on charges of attempting to deal marijuana.
Police were dispatched following a 911 call reporting that two men were approaching bystanders at the Speedway gas station on Lincoln Street and attempting to sell them marijuana.
The caller reported that two men approached him and asked if he wanted to buy some “bud.” When the caller declined, both men left on foot and crossed the street to McDonald’s.
Officers stopped a car with a driver matching the description of one of the men, but released the driver when the other suspect was not present. Officers then arrived at McDonald’s and observed two men matching the suspects’ descriptions seated near the front of the store.
Williams was recognized by one of the officers from previous calls and was advised that he and his juvenile companion matched the description of the two males that were suspected of selling marijuana.
A police report states Williams denied selling marijuana.
Officers gained permission to perform pat downs on both individuals, but found no illegal substances; however, one of the officers looked under the bench where the suspects were seated and found a bag of marijuana hidden there.
Two witnesses stepped forward to confirm that Williams had attempted to sell them marijuana while they were waiting to purchase their food at the local restaurant.
Williams was arrested and transported to the Decatur County Jail where he was incarcerated.
He was later formally charged with attempted dealing of marijuana, a class "C" felony, and possession of marijuana, a class "A" misdemeanor.
The juvenile male was returned home to his parents after telling officers that he’d met Williams a few days ago and began hanging out with him. He admitted to seeing Williams ask several people if they wanted to buy “good weed” and pulling the substance from his pocket to show potential customers. He also stated that he did not witness Williams throwing the bag of marijuana under the bench.
While one of the officers returned to Speedway to secure video of the alleged interaction, another witness came forward to report that he was also asked if he wanted to buy marijuana while at McDonald’s. When officers asked the witness to identify the man who’d made the offer, he stated that the male who was handcuffed and removed from the restaurant had asked the question. Williams was on the only person placed in handcuffs and removed from the property.
Williams remained incarcerated in the Decatur County Jail at press time Tuesday. No bond had yet been set for his release.
Contact: Amanda Browning 812-663-3111 x7004