Jamal Parris, one of the four men who accused Bishop Eddie Long of sexual coercion, was arrested on suspicion of being a drug dealer. The arrest took place in Florida, when he was pulled over in a white 2011 BMW in Miami Beach with no tags. Sgt Seth Dubinsky pulled Parris over and said that he smelled marijuana when he approached him.
When the officer searched the car, he found 181 grams of marijuana. He also said that he found 50 clear plastic bags and a hand gun. Additionally, Parris had $1,250 in cash.
Dubinsky claims that the items in Parris’ possession were “indicative of a drug dealer.” On that suspicion, Parris was sent to jail and charged on two felonies: possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and possession of a firearm while committing a felony. He was also hit with a misdemeanor of driving with no registration.
Parris was arrested with another passenger, Jeremy Jouvanni Gordon, a 20-year old man. Gordon was arrested on a drug paraphernalia charge as well.
“He kept telling me he bought that BMW with the settlement money,” Dubinsky said. Parris also told the cop he’d been accepted to Miami-Dade College. “He said, ‘you guys are getting the wrong impression of me.'”