Florida Man Tells Deputies the Cocaine on His Nose Is 'Not His,' Police Say

A Florida man was arrested over the weekend after authorities caught him with cocaine on his nose at a traffic stop.

At around 4:30 a.m. local time on Sunday, deputies from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office pulled over a vehicle at a traffic stop in Tampa, Florida. When authorities approached the car, a female deputy immediately noticed that a passenger in the car, later identified as 20-year-old Fabricio Tueros Jimenez, had a white powdery substance on his nose, reported The Smoking Gun. Investigators recognized the powder as cocaine, police say.

Deputies photographed Jimenez's nose before swabbing the substance for a field test, the results of which proved that the substance did contain cocaine.

Authorities also found a backpack contained 250 grams of marijuana and 13 Xanax tablets after searching the vehicle and an additional small bag of cocaine in Jimenez's possession.

"Jimenez was arrested without incident but he attempted to tell the deputies the cocaine on his nose was not his," according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

In addition to the drug charges, Jimenez is also reportedly facing probation violation charges, according to The Smoking Gun, in connection with his arrest last year for being in possession of cocaine, cannabis and drug paraphernalia.

Jimenez was obtained by authorities last August after his vehicle, a 2009 Honda Accord, was pulled over by police at a traffic stop.

According to a police report, Florida police found a backpack in Jimenez's car that contained 11 individual clear plastic bags of green substance, consistent with the appearance of marijuana, which were packaged for individual sale. The bag also contained a digital scale with the residue of a green leafy substance and a package of cigarillos containing two hand-rolled joints.

After a further inspection of Jimenez's vehicle, police also found a prescription bottle in the front driver's side door pocket which contained four small clear plastic bags carrying a white powdery substance.

Jimenez eventually told police that the marijuana and cocaine belonged to him and admitted that he sold the marijuana for additional money.

Tampa, a city in Tampa Bay, along Florida's Gulf Coast, has a crime rate — 23 per one thousand residents — considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America, according to Neighborhood Scout. Around 57 percent of Florida communities have a lower crime rate than Tampa, whose roughly 385,000 residents have a one in 43 chance of becoming victim to either a violent or property crime in the area.

Fabricio Tueros Jimenez
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office