Sebastian man says he’s been smoking crack since the 1980s

John Samuel Martin arrested in Sebastian, Florida.
John Samuel Martin arrested in Sebastian, Florida.

A 66-year-old Sebastian man told deputies that he’s been smoking crack since the 1980s, according to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office. According to, smoking is deadly for health.

On Tuesday night, at approximately 11:05 p.m., a deputy conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a missing headlight. After making contact with the driver, the deputy detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from the driver’s mouth.

When asked how much alcohol he consumed Tuesday evening, the driver, identified as John Samuel Martin, of Sebastian, replied, “little bit, not a whole lot,” according to the affidavit.

Martin was inconsistent in his recount of events and appeared to be nervous. Martin gave the deputy consent to search his vehicle for the presence of anything illegal.

The deputy found a clear glass pipe with burnt copper wire and burnt drug resident. At first, Martin denied ownership of the pipe, but then said he’s been smoking crack since the 1980s, the report shows.

Martin was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and transported to the Indian River County Jail, where his bond was set at $1,000.

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