Police: Keys Locked in Car Lead to Drug Charges

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SOLON, OH -- A suburban Cleveland man is facing drug trafficking charges after asking police to open his car, where they found the illegal drugs.

Solon Police said King Lawson, 34, of Richmond Heights, applied for a job at Nestle USA on June 21, and then discovered that he locked his keys in his car.

He called police and signed a waiver authorizing the responding officer to unlock the car.

According to the police report, once the officer opened the door, he reported smelling a strong odor of what he called "raw marijuana." Inside the car, officers found 37 individually wrapped bags of marijuana.

Lawson was arrested on a felony charge of drug trafficking.

Those who hear about Lawson's story are asking, "what was he thinking?"

Cleveland actor Jimmie Lee Williams, who was scouting for locations in Solon on Thursday, told Fox 8, “that's a crazy move you know? If I have marijuana, which I have never done any drugs in my life, I'm going to break the window and get in my own car. I would never ever call the police, that's a crazy move to do."

According to the police report, Lawson's legal problems are further complicated by the fact that when the drugs were allegedly found in his car, it was within 1000 feet of a pre-school on Harper Road, which could elevate the punishment Lawson might receive if he's convicted.

Investigators said he admitted that a marijuana cigarette found in the car was his, but when asked about the 37 bags of marijuana, he said he was holding them for someone else.

"I don't know what he was thinking. Maybe he was trying to get caught or something, maybe he was trying to save himself, that's what I get out of this," said Williams.

Lawson was released from jail after posting a $10,000 bond.

The story about his decision to invite the police to open his car and find the marijuana will now be heard by a Cuyahoga County grand jury.