Po­lice ar­rest man on drug charges

Palm Beach Daily News - - OPINION - By ELEANOR ROY

A Royal Palm Beach man is out on bond after Palm Beach po­lice said he was charged with felony pos­ses­sion of hashish oil.

Michael A. Mat­tal­iano, 24, was charged with one felony count of hash oil pos­ses­sion after po­lice found him and a com­pan­ion tres­pass­ing on town prop­erty near Clarke Av­enue beach at 11:36 a.m. Tues­day, the re­port said.

Of­fi­cers saw the two men leave the beach and walk to the 100 block of Bar­ton Av­enue through a bro­ken fence that sits on town prop­erty, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

The of­fi­cers also saw Mat­tal­iano drop a sil­ver va­por­izer in­haler into a Mazda and walk over to his friend’s car.

When of­fi­cers ap­proached the men about tres­pass­ing, the re­port said, they told po­lice that they never use the properly marked beach ac­cess point, but they didn’t dam- age the fence.

A woman in the Mazda honked the horn, and when an of­fi­cer ap­proached, he smelled mar­i­juana, the re­port stated.

Mat­tal­iano told of­fi­cers the oil in his va­por in­haler was cannabid­iol oil and that it might test pos­i­tive for THC — the ac­tive in­gre­di­ent in mar­i­juana — be­cause “it was a med­i­cal grade mar­i­juana prod­uct that he re­ceived from a friend,” the re­port said.

Po­lice is­sued Mat­tal­iano a writ­ten tres­pass warn­ing. He was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail and was re­leased Wed­nes­day on $3,000 bond.

When reached by phone Fri­day, Mat­tal­iano said he didn’t think of­fi­cers should have searched the Mazda and was frus­trated that he was charged with felony pos­ses­sion de­spite the fact that he had “maybe a tear drop’s worth” of oil.

“It’s just re­ally messed up, I think,” he said.


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