Police arrest man on drug charges
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.