The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says Fabricio Tueros Jimenez had a substance on his nose that tested positive for cocaine, but he told deputies it wasn't his.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says Fabricio Tueros Jimenez had a substance on his nose that tested positive for cocaine, but he told deputies it wasn't his. (Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office/TNS)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Two recent drug cases in the Tampa area are unusually noteworthy - even by Florida standards.

In one, a passenger in a vehicle stopped for an alleged traffic infraction had a white, powdery substance on his nose that tested positive for cocaine, according to an item posted Monday to the Facebook page of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Fabricio Tueros Jimenez, 20, of New Port Richey, was charged after deputies also found 250 grams of marijuana and 13 Xanax pills in a backpack, the sheriff's office said.

"Jimenez was arrested without incident, but he attempted to tell the deputies the cocaine on his nose was not his," the posting said.

There was no information about who Jimenez indicated the drug may have belonged to.

A picture accompanying the Facebook posting showed flecks of a white substance covering the nostrils of the person officials identified as Jimenez.

Then, in a Facebook posting Tuesday, the same sheriff's office said it found 6 grams of methamphetamine mixed in with a man's side order of "hot, fresh potato wedges."

That case began with another traffic stop in which the passenger, James Simpson, was found to have an arrest warrant for drugs from Polk County, the sheriff's office said.

The drugs were found inside a food container and Simpson was charged with possession of a controlled substance, officials said.

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