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Pot sticking from car window when Clearwater pair arrested


Published:   |   Updated: August 6, 2014 at 03:05 PM

Two Clearwater men who had a marijuana plant sticking out of their car window were arrested by detectives, police said.

The men were in a 2008 Pontiac G6 at Ottawa Road and South Lake Avenue during the early morning of July 24. Police called the vehicle suspicious. It had dark tinted windows and the headlights were off, police said.

The detectives' marked cruiser watched the car for about a mile and pulled it over on the 1300 block of Boyland Avenue.

Inside were the driver, 19-year-old Allen Thomas Barnes, and a front-seat passenger, 20-year-old Justin J. Goodloe, police said.

Protruding from the left-rear window was a “green, leafy” marijuana plant, police said, and inside police found several other marijuana.

According to police, Goodloe said he and Barnes stole the pot from an acquaintance who owed him $100 for drugs. He told officers the acquaintance lived on South Lake Avenue.

Barnes and Goodloe were arrested on charges of manufacturing marijuana. They were booked at the Pinellas County Jail and released on bail, according to jail records.

The State Attorney's Office is investigating and could bring further charges, police said.

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