Robert Bird Jr.
Robert Bird Jr.

May 22, 2018

A 33-year-old Odebolt man who was arrested last week for violating the conditions of his pre-trial release for drug possession received another drug charge when a police officer found marijuana inside a rubber duck the man had with him.

Robert Allen Bird Jr. was arrested Thursday after an officer saw him sitting in a car at a convenience store about 10:30 p.m., court records show.

A judge issued an arrest warrant in February for Bird after he failed to communicate with his probation officer. He was arrested last year for possessing methamphetamine at his house in Carroll.

Bird pleaded guilty in January and was set to be sentenced in February. In the meantime he was ordered to undergo a pre-sentence investigation interview but apparently avoided it.

When an officer found Bird at Reiling’s 71 South on Thursday he smelled marijuana and found a pipe that Bird admitted he used to smoke the drug, according to a criminal complaint.

“Robert denied having any illegal drugs on his person,” the complaint says.

However, as Bird was being booked into the Carroll County jail, officers found a yellow rubber duck among his possessions.

“A search of the duck revealed a green leafy substance,” the complaint says. Bird “admitted that it was his marijuana.”

Both drug-possession charges he faces are punishable by up to two years in prison.