Phillip West accused of hiding marijuana in crack of buttocks during traffic stop

Stock Island man, 24, listed as violent offender with special conditions

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor

STOCK ISLAND, Fla. - A Stock Island man is facing multiple charges after he hid a bag of marijuana in the crack of his buttocks during a traffic stop, Monroe County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin said.

According to Herrin, Phillip West, 24, was pulled over Saturday for speeding as he was heading south on the Boca Chica Bridge.

Herrin said the SUV West was driving had no license plate and West did not have a driver's license. Herrin said West admitted to responding deputies that he was also on probation for robbery.

A check of his name revealed that West is listed as a violent offender with special conditions.

Herrin said West ran from the deputies after he was handcuffed but was quickly recaptured. He was later found to be in possession of marijuana, which was found in a plastic bag hidden in the crack of his buttocks, Herrin said.

West faces charges of driving without a license, operating a motor vehicle with no registration, resisting arrest, introduction of contraband to a jail facility and violation of probation. 

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