Jose Rafeal Vazquez

A Marion County sheriff’s deputy arrested a man late Thursday night who was parked illegally in a fire lane outside an Ocala Wal-Mart.

When the deputy approached the black Chrysler at the Wal-Mart store, located at 34 Bahia Ave., he smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. The driver, 40-year-old Jose Rafeal Vazquez, told the deputy that he was waiting for his wife and two children, who were inside the store. He at first denied there was marijuana inside the vehicle but then said they had smoked in the car earlier, a sheriff’s office report states.

When the deputy told Vazquez that he was going to search the vehicle, he handed him a clear Ziploc bag containing a green leafy substance that tested positive for marijuana. The deputy then asked Vazquez to step out of the vehicle and when he attempted to secure him in handcuffs, he “tensed up and attempted to pull away.” But the deputy was able to pin Vazquez, who has been held in the Marion County Jail 11 times since July 2004, against the vehicle and secure him before taking him into custody, the report says.

A search of the vehicle revealed a gray Mentos container holding a brown powdery substance that field tested positive for heroin. Vazquez told the deputy that both the marijuana and heroin belonged to him, the report says.

Vazquez was then transported to the Marion County Jail and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance without a prescription (heroin), resisting arrest without violence and possession of marijuana over 20 grams. He was released Saturday at 12:22 a.m. on $4,000 bond and is due in court on Feb. 5 at 9 a.m. to answer to the charges.