Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

May 1, 2013

Police Blotter: Not your ordinary bust

By Bob Belcher
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — Don’t smoke pot in front of the jail.

Richard Edwards, 42, of California, knows that now. It earned him a trip through the doors of the Navarro County Justice Center Monday.

Sheriff Elmer Tanner said deputies discovered Edwards shortly before 5 p.m. Monday sitting on a metal bench outside the Navarro County Justice Center smoking a substance believed to be marijuana.

He was also in possession of a set of “brass knuckles” when he was found by deputies — also not a particularly good idea when being quizzed by a Texas lawman.

Justice of the Peace Kirby Hill arraigned Edwards on charges of possession of marijuana under two ounces, and possession of a prohibited weapon. Hill set bonds totaling $4,000 on Edwards.

“It would be appropriate to say that it is uncommon for somebody who possesses drugs to come to the Sheriff’s Office to turn himself in,” Tanner said of the arrest. “I’ve never seen that happen before, but (Edwards) got pretty close.”

Edwards remained jailed at press time Wednesday.