Florida man arrested near City Park trying to buy marijuana, police say | ParkRecord.com

Florida man arrested near City Park trying to buy marijuana, police say


The Park City Police Department arrested a Florida man on Sunday on a charge that he tried to buy drugs outside a convenience store.

The man is 25 years old and from Winter Garden, Fla., the police said. He was charged with attempting to solicit illegal drugs. The charge was enhanced to a third-degree felony since the location was close to City Park, which is a declared drug-free zone, the police said. The man was also charged with a class B misdemeanor count of failing to produce identification at the request of a police officer.

The police said the man approached a juvenile boy asking that the boy sell him marijuana at just after 4 p.m. The juvenile became scared, fled and then called 911. A responding police officer found a suspect matching the description provided by the juvenile.

The police said the man did not cooperate and was detained and handcuffed. He then acknowledged attempting to buy marijuana, the police said. The man did not have any drugs with him when he was arrested, according to the police.

"It certainly frightened the young man. We’re fortunate he called the police," Phil Kirk, a Police Department captain, said.

A third-degree felony is punishable by zero to five years in state prison and a $5,000 fine upon conviction.

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