Monticello man arrested after police find marijuana, loaded guns

Monticello man arrested after police find marijuana, loaded guns
Posted at 1:45 PM, Jan 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-16 09:20:57-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A patrol of the Pocket's Pool Hall parking lot lead police to arrest a felon for selling marijuana.

The Tallahassee Police Department says it's Community Oriented and Problem Solving (COPPS) officers were doing a proactive patrol in the parking lot of Pocket's Pool Hall Thursday night when they saw a man loitering near a blue Nissan Titan truck.

The man stood their for a while before walking up to a white car and going back inside the bar.

When looking at the truck the man was standing at, police spotted a backpack, a jar, and a tied plastic bag of marijuana in plain view. Further observation revealed an electronic scale and several more sandwich bags commonly used for drug sales.

Officers went inside to get the man, who they were able to identify as Curtis Hightower through his vehicle registration. He was escorted outside as officers searched his truck.

In addition to a small amount of marijuana, officers found two guns in the center console that were loaded and ready to fire. 

Due Hightower was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell within 1000 feet of a place of worship, possession of narcotic equipment, and two counts of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. 

According to court documents, Hightower has been involved in 12 prior felonies before Thursday's arrest. 

He was in jail on a $20,000 bond but has since bonded out.