Man arrested after pulling out cocaine while trying to bail out friend

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Royal Norton (Photo from Clinton Township Police Facebook page)

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A man who was trying to post his friend’s bail ended up behind bars after allegedly handing a bag of cocaine to the officer along with the money.

According to the Clinton Township Police Department, Royal Norton came to the station Feb. 7 to pay the $300 bail for a friend who was in custody for operating while intoxicated.

Norton apparently handed the desk officer three $100 bills, and in between two of the bills was a small bag containing a white powdery substance.

“When he pulled out the cash, there was a small yellow baggie between the bills. When the officer asked what it was, the man replied that it was ‘just garbage,’  Clinton Township Lt. Eric Reincke told The Detroit News. 

Police said the substance in the bag tested positive for cocaine.  Norton was arrested and has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, but The Detroit News reports that both he and his friend later bonded out.

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