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SO: Man denies pants were his when drugs found

—A 22-year-old told authorities the cargo pants he was wearing were not his when a Highlands County Sheriff’s Office deputy searched him and found drugs inside the pants pockets, a report states.

Sunday, a sheriff’s deputy stopped Frank Dylan Gazaway, 101 E. Thomas St., Avon Park, who was riding a Honda motor scooter, and he gave the deputy permission to search him, the report states.

In the left side of the zipped-up cargo pocket, the deputy found a plastic bag with marijuana; and a blue plastic container wrapped in electrical tape, containing a plastic straw and a small plastic bag containing two white pills, the report states.

In the outer buttoned pocket of his pants, the report states, the deputy found a pink digital scale with a green residue, a clear plastic bag with marijuana, and a glass pipe, inside a purple Crown Royal bag.

Gazaway denied the items belonged to him, saying, “these ain’t my paints,” the report states.

Authorities said they later identified the white pills as morphine, the report states.

Gazaway was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession/use of drug equipment.

He remained in Highlands County Jail Monday on $27,000 bond.