A Miami man was arrested Tuesday night, charged with possessing cocaine and multiple types of pills as well as drug paraphernalia.
Sergeants Evan Calhoun and Linda Mixon were inside the Circle K Store on Big Coppitt Key at 10 p.m. Sgt. Calhoun walked into the men’s restroom at the store and saw a man sitting backward on the toilet snorting something off the back of the toilet with his nose.
When 61 year old Kenneth Kukec exited the restroom, he had his hands in his pockets and refused to remove them when ordered to. The officers removed his hands from his pockets and escorted him outside the store for further investigation. In one of the pockets where he had his hands, Sgt. Calhoun found an open pocket knife. A plastic bag with white powder inside was also found in his pants pocket. A swab of the back of the toilet was positive for the presence of cocaine.
A zippered pouch was found stuffed in the back of his shorts. Inside the zippered pouch the officers found syringes, more cocaine, a pill crusher and three bottles of various types of pills. The pills were identified as controlled substances prescribed to persons other than Kukec.
Kukec had a rental car parked at the gas pumps at the store. In the trunk of the car deputies found a briefcase. In the briefcase they found four more pill bottles containing more controlled substances which were not in Kukec’s name.
Kukec was charged with possession of cocaine, four counts possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, four counts possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest. He was booked into jail.