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      Man says his crack cocaine was fake

      Mark Parker was charged with possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance.
      A traffic stop in Jefferson City turned up drugs and put two men behind bars. On Monday afternoon, at about 12:40 p.m. a Jefferson City police officer saw Stephen Brown trespassing in the 1100-block of Moreau Drive and get into the car Mark Parker was driving. The officer stopped the car and arrested Brown. Brown told the officer about a black bag behind the driver's seat in the car which had three hypodermic needles, a lighter and a clear straw which had a white powdery residue inside of it and said it belonged to Parker. Meanwhile, Parker claimed the bag and its contents belonged to Brown. During a search, Parker took a white ??rock?? substance from his pocket, threw it on the ground and tried to step on it to destroy it. Authorities were able to recover the ??rock?? substance and identified it as a suspected cocaine-based controlled substance according to court records. Parker denied it was crack cocaine and claimed it was fake. The Jefferson City man said it was a combination of baking soda and bread crumbs. He said he was selling it to make money. Parker was charged with possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance.

      In April, Parker and 16 other people were arrested in a heroin sweep done by Jefferson City Police, MUSTANG Drug Task Force and the Cole County Sheriff's Department.