• Deputies: 450-pound Volusia man hid drugs in stomach fat


    VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - A 450-pound Volusia County man was arrested Friday after he hid drugs between his stomach’s fat rolls, according to deputies.

    Deputies originally pulled over Christopher Mitchell and Keithian Roberts on State Road 415 in Osteen because Mitchell wasn’t wearing his seat belt.

    Mitchell told the deputy he was too large to wear a seat belt.

    The deputy, however, noticed both men “acting nervously,” according to reports.

    A sheriff’s drug-detecting K-9 was brought to the scene, and the dog quickly alerted deputies to the presence of drugs.

    The deputy found cocaine, 23 grams of marijuana hidden underneath Mitchell’s stomach fat, a handgun, and more than $7,000 cash stuffed into a tube sock.

    Roberts was charged with possession of cocaine, and Mitchell was charged with possession of marijuana and was cited for not wearing his seat belt.

    The bust was part of a bigger crime detail in the area, deputies said.

    The operation led to nearly two dozen arrests for drugs, speeding and other offenses.

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