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Man charged with drug crime

FAIRMONT — A homeless man is facing a felony charge in Martin County.

Robert Willis McCormick, 37, has been charged with drug possession in the fifth degree, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

According to the complaint:

On July 25, a Martin County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to the intersection of 160th Street and Highway 15 in regard to an animal complaint. Upon arrival, the deputy observed a motor vehicle driven into the ditch at the intersection.

A female walked out of a cornfield and said she had seen a small pig on the road and that it had run into the cornfield.

A man then came walking out of a bean field. The deputy recognized him as McCormick, who told the deputy he was on release conditions and was working with the probation department.

When asked about the vehicle, McCormick said it belonged to a friend and he was just borrowing it. The deputy made contact with the registered owner of the vehicle, who said he had sold it to McCormick about five months prior.

McCormick told the deputy he had a marijuana grinder in the center console of the vehicle. The deputy located the grinder, which had marijuana residue inside.

Also found in the vehicle was a clear glass pipe with residue inside. The residue later tested positive for meth.

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