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Police: Duluth man brings marijuana to jail

Jordan Mendez

Jordan Mendez

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Duluth man was arrested during a routine visit to the Gwinnett County Jail on Friday, after sheriff's deputies noticed he smelled like marijuana and searched his vehicle.

Jordan David Mendez, 19, arrived at the jail to "pick up the property of another inmate" Friday, sheriff's department spokeswoman Stacey Bourbonnais said. As he entered, deputies reportedly "noticed an odor of marijuana emanating from him" and asked about it.

He confessed to smoking just before coming to the jail, Bourbonnais said, prompting a search of his vehicle.

"Deputies discovered 14 small baggies of marijuana inside his vehicle," she said.

Mendez was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and crossing the guard line with drugs.

Jail records show he is being held without bond.