DOCUMENT: Stupid, Crime

Police: Belly Button Stored Meth Stash

Drug "wedged deep" in 380-pound man's cavity

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Skelly's Belly

NOVEMBER 18--Following his arrest for possession of a hypodermic needle containing methamphetamine, a 380-pound Florida Man was hit with additional felony charges after jail personnel discovered a bag of meth “wedged deep within the belly button cavity of the defendant,” according to a court affidavit.

Police responding late Friday to a suspicious person call placed by employees of a McDonald’s in Clearwater arrested Martin Skelly when a search of the 41-year-old St. Petersburg resident turned up the loaded needle.

Following Skelly’s collar for possession of narcotics and drug paraphernalia, cops asked him if he was in possession of any other contraband, since he could face additional charges if he brought illegal items into the county jail. Seen above, Skelly denied having “any additional contraband on his person.”

However, during intake processing at the jail, Skelly was subjected to a thorough body search that resulted in the discovery of a small plastic bag containing 2.7 grams of meth. A jail deputy reported that the baggie was “wedged deep within the belly button cavity” of the 5’ 8” defendant.

After the meth stash was found around 1:45 AM Saturday, Skelly reportedly told an investigator, “I was just being dumb and not thinking.”

The discovery of the hidden meth resulted in two additional felony charges being filed against Skelly--introducing contraband into a correctional facility and narcotics possession. He is locked up in lieu of $9150 bond.

Skelly’s criminal record includes a three-year stretch in state prison for cocaine trafficking and busts for theft, drunk driving, narcotics possession, violating probation, and possession of drug paraphernalia. (1 page)