An Ocala man was arrested on drug and gun charges after being pulled over for running a red light.
An Ocala Police officer on routine patrol Sunday evening in the area of East Fort King Street and 36th Avenue observed a four-door BMW run a red light at the intersection and continue north on 36th Avenue. The officer caught up with the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop in the 3600 block of NE 14th Street, according to the OPD report.
The officer made contact with the driver, 22-year-old Jacob Alonzo Miller-Smith, and was giving him a written warning for running a red light when a K9 officer arrived. The K9 conducted a free sniff around the vehicle and detected the odor of narcotics, the report said.
The officer searched the vehicle and found a loaded silver .380-caliber handgun concealed between the center console and the front passenger seat. The gun’s serial number was run through dispatch, who advised it was reported stolen in Arizona in 2012, according to the report.
Also found in the vehicle was a digital scale containing a green leafy substance residue. Two small pieces of a green leafy substance were located next to the scale. The green leafy substance tested positive for THC content. The officer noted that all the items were within arm’s reach of Miller-Smith, about a foot away, and the gun was not in a holster or any kind of case, the report said.
Miller-Smith told the officer he knew the scale was in his car and when he was pulled over, he placed it between the seat and console. He said he was taking the scale to a friend. He said the gun was his and that he bought it from his father and had not been to Arizona, according to the report.
Miller-Smith said he knew the gun was concealed and that he consistently keeps it in the car for his safety. After the officer confirmed via dispatch that he didn’t possess a concealed carry permit, Miller-Smith said he was going to take the class in the future, the report said.
Miller-Smith was charged with carrying a concealed and unlicensed firearm, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was taken to the Marion County Jail, where he was released Monday on $3,000 bond. No information about a court date was available.