Tuesday, January 16, 2018
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Pasco man wearing shirt that says 'Seriously, I have drugs' arrested, accused of having drugs

John Balmer is accused of possessing drugs, but you can't call him a liar.

When he was arrested at a Kmart in Hudson on Monday, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said, Balmer, 50, was wearing a black shirt. Across the chest it said "Who needs drugs?"

Below that it said: "No, seriously, I have drugs."

And, the sheriff said, he had drugs.

In a photo taken at the time of his arrest, Balmer of Spring Hill is seen scowling in front of a stuffed animal claw game outside the store.

According to an arrest report, he was in line at Kmart when a deputy walked in. Balmer saw the deputy and tried to hand a "bag of green leafy substance" to the person behind him, according to officers. That person declined to take the bag.

Balmer then walked to the cash register, put the bag on the ground and paid for his items, the report said. Another deputy approached. Store workers told him about the bag.

Deputies discovered it held marijuana and methamphetamine.

Balmer declined to speak after his arrest. But perhaps a T-shirt is worth 1,000 words.

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