Cop: Man with gun tattoo had real gun in waistband


MADISON, Maine (AP / - Police in Maine say a man who made headlines in March with a realistic-looking tattoo of a gun on his stomach had the real thing tucked into his waistband when he was arrested last week.

Police tell the Morning Sentinel that 41-year-old Michael Smith, of Norridgewock, showed up at a sheriff's deputy's home Thursday night, with a gun in his waistband. Police say he was crying and had been drinking.

Authorities say Smith told police he had a fight with his ex-girlfriend and had stolen prescription narcotic Suboxone strips from her. Suboxone is used to treat opiate addiction.

He had the narcotics on him when he went to the sheriff deputy's home, the Morning Sentinel reports. Police say he was also carrying a knife in his backpack, and they took that as well as the strips.

He was charged with stealing drugs, and the gun was confiscated. He was released from jail on $1,000 bail. His phone has been disconnected.

Smith made headlines in March when members of a tree removal crew reported that he had a gun. Smith went outside of his home in Norridgewock, Maine shirtless after he was woken up by the crew. He told the workers to get off his property. The workers thought they saw a gun in his waistband and called police.

But the gun turned out to be his tattoo.