An accused marijuana dealer made the Westlake Police Department's job very easy ... by pulling into the police station parking lot.
Shortly before 6 p.m. on Sept. 28, Roger Ward, 22, of Chardon came into the police station parking lot and identified himself to an officer as a referee working the Homecoming football game between Westlake and Olmsted Falls. He asked the officer where he should park for the game.
The officer noticed the interior of Ward's car reeked of pot, and saw stems and leaves on the center console.
A search of the car turned up marijuana in jars and plastic containers, cigars filled with marijuana, plastic baggies, a scale, a pipe, a knife and $1,391 in cash. Ward, who was scheduled to work the game as an umpire, was not wearing a referee uniform when he was arrested.
Ward has been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of criminal tools, carrying various weapons, and preparation of drugs for shipment.
Ward was transferred to Cuyahoga County Jail on Monday. Westlake Police reported that Ward has a 2010 disorderly conduct conviction from Chardon Municipal Court.