Smell of marijuana leads to pursuit of man carrying gun, Melbourne police say

Police say man brandished gun, tripped over curb

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Clifford Long

MELBOURNE, Fla. - The smell of marijuana at a Melbourne apartment complex Saturday morning led to a foot chase and the arrest of a man police said was carrying drugs and a loaded firearm.

Melbourne police officers said that during a foot patrol at the Shull Manor apartment complex at about 3 a.m., they smelled marijuana and noticed Clifford Long in the parking lot. When Long saw the officers, he ran, police said.

During the pursuit, Long pulled a .45 caliber handgun from beneath his shirt, turned toward the pursuing officers but tripped over a curb, dropping the gun as he fell, police said.

Officers said they found marijuana, a baggie containing cocaine residue and about a gram of methamphetamine in Long's possession when they searched him.

Long was arrested and transported to Brevard County Jail.

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