January 7, 2015 12:00 pm -

Perhaps it’s best not to publicize your lawbreaking on your clothing.


A Pasco County sheriff was initially attracted to Balmer’s t-shirt when he saw the 50-year-old at a Kmart store in Hudson. In full, Balmer’s shirt read: “Who needs drugs. No, seriously, I have drugs.”

After spotting the sheriff, Balmer reportedly attempted to hand the bag of drugs to a man behind him while waiting in line. As Balmer paid for his items and the man declined to take the bag, Balmer dropped the bag containing marijuana and methamphetamine on the floor.

Balmer was charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine and one count of possession of marijuana less than 20 grams. Following his arrest, Balmer reportedly declined to speak, since his t-shirt probably said enough.[su_csky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

13 responses to Florida Man Wearing ‘I Have Drugs’ T-Shirt Arrested For Having Drugs

  1. edmeyer_able January 7th, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Once this goes viral he should see a huge jump in sales.

    • Carla Akins January 7th, 2015 at 12:40 pm

      He’s a marketing genius!

      • Ray M. January 7th, 2015 at 12:57 pm

        But first he needs to move to Colorado.

      • greenfloyd January 7th, 2015 at 9:43 pm

        It would be except, his words never actually offer to give or sell anything, he was simply making a statement. The rest is all interpetation by the reader. Besides, he didn’t have much of anything, less than 20g pot and some meth, a personal use quantity.

  2. Foundryman January 7th, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Ah…A 2015 Darwin award nominee…can hardly wait who else will make the list…

  3. Larry Schmitt January 7th, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    He might as well have been wearing an “I’m with stupid” shirt, with the arrow pointing at himself.

  4. eyelashviper January 7th, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Next up, the T-shirt that says “I rob banks and convenience stores”…

  5. Denise January 7th, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    What an idiot!
    Let’s wear T-Shirts saying ” I am a rapist now.” Or “I am a thief” while we are at it

    • tracey marie January 7th, 2015 at 6:29 pm

      I do wish the rapist would wear a shirt so we women can avoid them.

    • greenfloyd January 7th, 2015 at 9:30 pm

      Do you really want to compare this guy to a “rapist?” He may be an “idiot,” but he’s an American idiot and can put any fool thing he wants on his garments without being hassled by the cops.

  6. arc99 January 7th, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    I have a vanity license plate on my car that reads HEMPLVR.

    I never claimed to be the brightest bulb in the lamp, but I am not stupid enough to cruise around with illegal substances. Never been pulled over either just because of my license plate.

  7. greenfloyd January 7th, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    One sure indication you are not living in a free country is being detained by the state for expressing yourself on a T-shirt! Reminds me of peace activist Cindy Sheehan’s 2006 arrest for wearing an anti-war shirt in the House gallery. I’m certainly not comparing this John Balmer with the honorable Ms. Sheehan, yet I am defending his freedom of expression and his right to hold “a baggie with a green, leafy substance inside it,” as he stood in a Kmart checkout line. The cops say he tried to give the bag to the person behind him, who smartly refused the absurd offer. Then Balmer, allegedly tried to discard the bag. That’s an important allegation because otherwise the bag is still in his possession, if he dropped it unintentionally. But that’s irrelevant to me, it’s the shirt and what was written upon it that triggered a law enforcement response. That’s a police state!

  8. toma kay January 8th, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    What a maroon. You forgot the part where he tried to make a run for it which led to his being arrested. He is lucky, in one way, the cop could have shot him.