A Florida man has declared his innocence after police discovered syringes in his rectum during a police strip search. 40-year-old Wesley Scott, of Clearwater, was arrested on Friday in Pinellas County on an outstanding warrant for drug possession.
When first arrested, he reportedly told police that he was aware of the consequences if anything illegal was discovered on his person. Scott told police that he did not have, nor was he concealing, any illegal items. However, a strip search conducted at Pinellas County jail proved this to be untrue. When told to strip, Scott apparently “removed three syringes from his rectum and provided them” to a jailer, The Smoking Gun reports.
After removing the syringes, Scott is said to have told police that he had "found" them and that they didn't belong to him. Unfortunately for Wesley, Pinellas County police did not believe his excuses and proceeded to charge him with introducing contraband into a correctional facility, a felony. Court documents do not reveal whether Scott named the purported owner of the syringes found during the strip search.
Scott isn't the first person to have a somewhat strange explanation for their crimes. In 2009, Keith Griffin was charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography after over 1,000 illegal images were found on his computer. Griffin told police that he was innocent and that it was actually his cat that had downloaded the images. He said: "he would leave his computer on and the cat would jump on the keyboard" and the pictures would just appear. Police didn't believe Griffin's excuses, and he was sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison.
In 2015, 26-year-old Richard Relliford was found in possession of 455 grams of marijuana after being pulled over by police at a traffic stop. When questioned by police, Relliford tried to claim that the drugs were actually just salad. Unsurprisingly, police didn't fall for this one either, posting on their Facebook page:
"Look, If we have said it once, we have said a zillion times! No matter how hard you try to convince us this green leafy stuff is salad and you're just coming back from the store going to make a chef salad, Well Sous Chef UP! A SALAD THIS IS NOT!!! Officers encountered Richard Relliford during a traffic stop, a 26 year old St. Marys resident, who had recently obtained this 1 pound bag of marijuana. He went to jail, as this is still illegal in Georgia!!! Stay Safe Out There---Criminals Are A-FOOT [sic]!!"
Wesley Scott is currently being held on a $5000 bond.