Anton Mason, 28, is charged with possession of an imitation controlled substance, with intent to distribute, after he was caught with fake cocaine on Saturday.
Officers were responding to a burglary call on Scovel Street, where a male black in a gray tank top and red had was reported to have been attempting to break into a residence. Upon arrival, they observed Anton Mason at the door of the residence, matching the description given by a witness. Officer report it was immediately apparent that he was heavily intoxicated due to his “stench and incoherent speech”.
Mason was belligerent right away with them, refusing to obey commands to step away from the door and let go of the metal bars. Officers had to use soft empty hand control to pry Mason’s hands off of the door and then place his hands behind his back in handcuffs against his active resistance. In addition to actively resisting and pulling away from officers, he also was yelling and “creating a commotion about knowing his rights”, a police report states.
Anton Mason was successfully taken into custody and during a search incident to arrest, officers found a working digital scale as well as a plastic baggie that contained 9 smaller individually packaged plastic baggies each containing 0.5 grams of what appeared to be a white crystal rock substance consistent with crack cocaine. Officers field tested it and it did not read positive for cocaine. However due to the packaging consistent with narcotics being prepared for sale and the digital scale, officers found probable cause that he intended to sell this substance as if it was cocaine.
Mason was charged with possession w/intent of an imitation controlled substance, disorderly conduct, public intoxication, and resisting arrest. He was freed on pre-trial-release until his court date.