Two men found themselves behind bars early Monday morning on a multitude of charges after being stopped by an Ocala Police officer.
The officer stopped a blue four-door Hyundai driven by 20-year-old James Lee Oliver IV shortly before 12:30 a.m. in the 2200 block of NW Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. A K-9 officer arrived a short time later and his dog alerted during an open-air sniff, indicating the likely presence of narcotics.
Oliver and his 18-year-old passenger, K’Hn Semaj Oliver, were detained while officers conducted a search of the vehicle. They located a Glock 22 handgun hanging out from under the driver’s seat and a Berretta handgun that had been reported stolen out of the Cook County Sheriff’s office under the front passenger seat. Both weapons were loaded with one round in the chamber, according to the report, which doesn’t explain if the Olivers are related.
A further search yielded a small plastic bag containing multi-colored pills that field-tested positive for MDMA. The pills were found in the vehicle’s center console along with a small electronic scale and a plastic bag, a police report states.
Officers also found a bottle of 420 spray typically used to mask the scent of marijuana in the driver’s door panel. They located a lunchbox in the backseat that contained a plastic bag with a green leafy substance that field-tested positive for marijuana and another bag containing an off-white white powdery substance that tested positive for heroin. The marijuana weighed 23 grams and the heroin 24 grams – well above trafficking requirements, the report says.
While searching the vehicle’s trunk, officers found a 50-round magazine that was loaded with .40-caliber ammunition, a spare Florida license plate, a mason jar with a green residue and a backpack containing more empty plastic baggies, the report says.
Neither of the Olivers possessed concealed weapons permits and both refused to speak with the officers. They both were placed under arrested and transported to the Marion County Jail, where they were booked into the facility shortly before 2 a.m.
James Oliver was charged with armed trafficking in heroin and possession of MDMA, marijuana more than 20 grams, drug paraphernalia and a concealed weapon without a permit. He was being held on $31,000 bond and is due in court Feb. 11.
K’Hn Oliver was charged with armed trafficking in heroin, grand theft firearm and possession of MDMA, marijuana more than 20 grams, drug paraphernalia and a concealed weapon without a permit. He also was wanted on a warrant for trespassing and was being held on $35,000 bond with a court date of Feb. 11.