Palm Bay man accused of having bag of cocaine under his dental retainer

Lonnie Steele arrested on drug possession charges

Published On: Oct 16 2013 01:47:20 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 16 2013 03:20:34 PM EDT
Gram of cocaine
PALM BAY, Fla. -

A 35-year-old Palm Bay man subjected to a body cavity search for drugs faces charges after police recovered what they say was a small bag of cocaine tucked beneath his dental retainer.

Lonnie Fernando Steele was charged with possession of cocaine, driving with license revoked and possession of drug paraphernalia after Palm Bay patrol officers familiar with Steele’s revoked license spotted him getting in a Jeep Cherokee and driving off, records show.

The officer then conducted a traffic stop and placed Steele under arrest, Local 6 News partner Florida Today reported.

A later search of the sport utility vehicle turned up two baggies of powdered cocaine kept in a box of cigars, records show. Officers took Steele to the Palm Bay Police Department headquarters for hold and after suspecting he may have been carrying other drugs, ordered him to strip off his clothes for a cavity search, records show.

Officers then found an additional baggie of cocaine inside of a retainer in Steele’s mouth. He was taken to the Brevard County Jail Complex where he posted a $13,000 bond and was released Sunday.