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Man sleeping in truck with sword on his back charged with meth possession, police say

Charged with possession of paraphernalia, cited for driving on suspended license

Photos from the Palm Bay Police Department
Photos from the Palm Bay Police Department

PALM BAY, Fla – A homeless man was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, and cited for driving on suspended license without knowledge by Palm Bay Police on Monday.

Officers responding to a call that a man was asleep in his vehicle said they found 48-year-old, Kenneth Cole, who was sleeping in his Ford F-250 while the engine was running.

According to Palm Bay police, when officers knocked on his passenger side window, Cole jumped and twice attempted to reach for his gear shift to leave. 

After Cole attempted to leave the second time, officers noticed that he had a sword attached to his back, and had several knives in the seat behind him, police said. He was asked whether he had any other weapons in his vehicle, to which he responded that he had a "shotgun and a long gun" somewhere in the car, police said. 

As Cole was being patted down to discover whether he had any other weapons on his person, dispatch told officers that his license had been suspended. Cole explained to officers that he never received notice of this fact, as he had been homeless and living in his truck for the past two months, police said.

While they were searching for the guns in the car, officers said they discovered two glass pipes and a clear baggie with white residue, which Cole identified as Meth. Officers said they later confirmed the contents of the bag and went on to discover a small scale.

Cole was placed under arrest, booked at the Palm Bay Police Department and then transferred to the Brevard County Sheriff's Office. 

Cole is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and cited for driving on a suspended license.