Citrus Springs woman caught with meth, synthetic marijuana during traffic stop

Katelynn Cummings

A Citrus Springs woman was arrested on drug charges after being pulled over in Ocala for not having functioning rear lights.

Katelynn Cummings, 21, was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine and synthetic marijuana), and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. She was driving a burgundy Toyota Scion westbound on NW 10th Street around at 11:27 p.m. Wednesday when an Ocala Police officer initiated the traffic stop.

While the officer was writing Cummings a warning for the lights, a K9 officer and his dog, Jaeger, arrived and conducted an open-air sniff of the vehicle. The gave a positive alert to the odor of drugs in the vehicle, according to the OPD report.

A search of the vehicle turned up a small coin purse with eye drops, cotton and sterile water, which are known to be used to assist in injecting drugs with a syringe. Also found was a burnt joint of possible synthetic marijuana, and a bag containing syringes, cotton and a tourniquet. The bag also contained a loaded syringe with a cloudy liquid inside that field-tested positive for meth, and a black zip-lock plastic bag containing a green/brown that field-tested positive for synthetic marijuana, the report said.

Cummings told the officer that she had picked up her male passenger from his roommate’s house to get him out of there, and she grabbed a bunch of stuff not knowing what was his or theirs and just threw it in her vehicle. She said there was a black purse in the car, which was the only thing that was hers, according to the report.

The passenger told the officer he got into the vehicle a short time earlier and there was already a bunch of stuff in it. He said the back seat and front passenger seat were covered in purses and Cummings’ personal items. He said there was only one bag that was his and it was full of male clothing. That bag was located in the vehicle’s trunk and there were no drugs in it, the report said.

As the officer placed Cummings under arrest, he asked her if she had anything illegal on her person and she advised there was a baggie in her bra. The bag was retrieved and it contained a crystal type substance that tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the report.

Cummings is being held in the Marion County Jail on $12,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Marion County Court on Sept. 17.