DOCUMENT: Stupid, Crime

Accused Drug Dealer Is Busted But Unbowed

"I make my meth work for me," suspect declared

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Meth Entrepreneur

JULY 20--In an ill-timed statement of entrepreneurial defiance, a suspected Florida drug dealer declared, “I make my meth work for me” after his arrest on narcotics charges.

Stephen Jackson, 27, was busted by St. Petersburg cops at 1:50 AM Saturday, according to an arrest affidavit.

Jackson, seen at right, was found with individual bags of methamphetamine that he planned to sell, cops allege. He also had “scales with residue,” marijuana, a syringe, "a glass pipe with residue," and “many small 1.5” x 2” manila envelopes” in his backpack.

The unemployed Jackson--who “receives no government assistance”--was carrying $283 when nabbed. While in police custody, Jackson “made the statement of ‘I make my meth work for me,’” reported Officer Douglas Alvey.

Jackson is locked up on $10,300 bond on the drug counts. He has also been charged with violating the terms of a two-year probation sentence he received in May following a conviction for possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Jackson’s rap sheet includes collars for battery, disorderly intoxication, domestic battery, and cocaine possession. (1 page)