Trying to sell baking soda will cost a man 60 days in jail after he was caught trying to pose as a big-time drug dealer, except without any actual drugs.
The man, Justin Lillard, entered a guilty plea before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley on the charge of attempted sale or delivery of a counterfeit substance. He was ordered to serve 60 days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence and must pay $2,000 plus court costs.
His arrest came after police received a report of drug activity from a room at Scottish Inns. When they arrived they learned Lillard had changed rooms twice and was now staying in his third room of the week. Police went to Lillard’s door and found him there with another man. Upon being granted permission to search, officers found bags of white powder concealed above ceiling tiles.
“He didn’t have all that baking soda hid in his ceiling to make his refrigerator smell better,” said assistant district attorney Bill Locke during an earlier hearing for Lillard.
Police say Lillard later confessed to his motive concerning the bags of powder, later found to be baking soda, hidden in the ceiling.
Police ended up finding $1,586 in his pants pocket during a search of his person. They were unable to prove if he had sold any of the baking soda for profit, holding it out to be cocaine.