June 30, 2005
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Leaving a half-gram of marijuana as a tip at a Starbuck's is a bad idea. Coming back the next day, fighting with the police and dropping your stash is even worse.
But police say that's what Delshawn Prejean, 35, of Jacksonville, did.
According to a sheriff's office report, a customer at the Starbuck's told the server as he was leaving, "I left your tip on the counter." When she looked down, she saw a small amount of unwrapped marijuana. But the man was gone.
When Prejean came into the store Tuesday, the server recognized him as the customer who had left the pot. She called a security guard and police.
When he got to the door to leave, the security guard identified himself, but Prejean wouldn't stop, police said.
Jacksonville Sheriff's Officer F.D. Lockley intervened and a struggle ensued in the parking lot, where others helped subdue Prejean
During the fracas, Prejean dropped a box containing marijuana and rolling papers, officers said.
Prejean was arrested and charged with battery, resisting an officer, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released late Wednesday from the Duval County Jail on his own recognizance.