Shortly after 9 a.m., RPD officers Chris Funk and Cambren Gibson were conducting a routine patrol through the Capital Bank parking lot at 420 Park View Plaza when a bank employee stopped them.
The employee pointed out a man parked in a tan Ford Explorer who had been in the parking lot while watching the bank for some time.
When Funk went to the driver’s side window to check on the driver, the officer found him looking down at his phone Googling.
Funk allegedly observed a two-gallon, clear plastic cheese puff container in the passenger seat filled almost to the top with marijuana.
The driver was identified as Richard Kloyis Rimer, 40, 319 Copper Ridge Road, Eidson.
When Funk asked Rimer what was in the passenger seat, Rimer allegedly tried to cover the container and said it was garbage.
When Funk asked him to be honest, Rimer reportedly admitted it was marijuana and said he had more in the cooler in the back of the vehicle.
Officers also allegedly found a small amount of meth, rolling papers, and several pills which were determined to be alprazolam, clonazepam and carisoprodol.
Initially, Rimer reportedly stated he’d found the marijuana and then said it was his from several years ago, and it was only for personal use.
Funk added, “Then he told me, ‘I don’t even do that meth. All I do is smoke a little pot.’ He said it was all for his personal use, and I didn’t find any baggies or scales.”
Rimer was charged with simple possession of marijuana, simple possession of meth, possession of Schedule IV narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was scheduled for arraignment Wednesday in Hawkins County Sessions Court.