A state prisoner working on a roadside work crew north of Fort Pierce landed in more trouble Tuesday when someone drove by and tossed him a small amount of marijuana.
“We have charged Parell Seay, of Tampa, with the felonies of resisting an officer with violence, evidence tampering, and smuggling contraband and the misdemeanor of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana,” Sheriff Mascara said.
Seay was assigned to a Florida Department of Corrections work camp from Martin County when he was working Tuesday morning near North 25th Street and Juanita Avenue. Someone driving a black Dodge Charger drove by the work crew and tossed a packet containing 1 gram of marijuana beside the road.
Deputy Joseph Trevisol was dispatched to the scene. He and state Corrections Officer John McClelland approached Seay and ordered him to turn and face a nearby fence. As he did so, he reached into his pocket and took something out of his pocket. Deputy Trevisol went to restrain Seay who apparently was trying to toss the item away. Instead, it hit the deputy.
The item was field-tested, and it tested positive for 1 gram of marijuana.
Seay said he didn’t know who tossed the drugs but said, “It’s a D.O.C. thing,” meaning that someone previously in state custody tossed the item to someone currently in state custody. He admitted he was going to bring the contraband back to his confinement facility in Martin County.