DESTIN — A man was arrested for destroying evidence after he ate marijuana deputies were searching for because “he was scared.”

The 20-year-old Destin man was pulled over for a broken headlight on Dec. 22, according to an arrest report from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. When the deputy approached the driver and made contact with him, he noticed a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. The man was asked to step out of the vehicle and was detained in the back of the police car. He told the deputy he had 10 grams or marijuana, then changed it to eight grams.

However, the deputy could not find any drugs in the man’s pants or jacket pockets. While searching the car, the deputy could not find any weed, but did find evidence of weed like an empty baggy and a cigarillo packet, and noticed the smell was fading.

The deputy went back to the patrol car and asked the man to open his mouth because he could still smell a strong odor of marijuana on him. When he did, he smelled a very strong odor of marijuana coming from the man’s mouth as well as residue of a green leafy substance.

While transporting the man to jail, the man told the deputy “he was scared” and “it was a little blunt.” The deputy asked him if he ate the weed because he was afraid, and the man replied, “yeah, I was afraid.”

The man was charged with destroying evidence, a third degree felony.