Suspect tells police he was snorting Ajax

May 24, 2012 at 7:55 PM

SAUSALITO, Calif., May 24 (UPI) -- Police arrested a California man after noticing a blue powdery substance around his nostrils that the suspect claimed was Ajax cleaner, officials said.

Sausalito police booked Benjamin Courtney, 22, into Marin County Jail Wednesday on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, the Marin Independent Journal reported Thursday. His bail was set at $5,000.

Officer Francisco Padilla said police observed Courtney rummaging through a backpack Tuesday night with a blue powder residue around his nostrils and upper lip.

Courtney, who was on probation for a drug offense, told police he had been "snorting Ajax" with a friend, Lt. Kurtis Skoog told the Independent Journal.

Police found what they suspect was crushed tablets of the prescription painkiller Oxycodone in Courtney's bag, as well as paraphernalia "associated with" drug use, Skoog said.

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