A 21-year-old Ocala woman was arrested on drug charges Tuesday after a Marion County sheriff’s deputy saw her smoking a marijuana cigarette while speeding and weaving through traffic on South Pine Avenue.
Sonja Shantilly-Jean Stahl, of 3098 SE 95th St., was charged with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, possession of drug equipment, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of a harmful new legend drug, and driving with a suspended license.
When asked by the deputy if she was smoking marijuana while she was driving, Stahl replied, “Oh, you saw that.” The deputy also could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Asked if there was any marijuana in the vehicle, Stahl said there were several “roaches” in the center console, according to the sheriff’s office report.
A search of Stahl’s red Saturn Vue turned up six partially smoked marijuana cigarettes, one oval white pill, a scale with marijuana residue, and a pill bottle containing 1 ½ large white pills and one small blue pill. The pill bottle had Stahl’s name on it, the report said.
Stahl told the deputy the marijuana and scale belonged to her, and she uses the scale to weigh her marijuana so she doesn’t get ripped off. She denied knowing anything about the various pills in the vehicle. When told several of the pills were in a bottle with her name on it, Stahl said she didn’t know they were in the vehicle, according to the report.
Stahl also told the deputy her license was suspended because she was late on a court-scheduled payment. She was placed under arrest and taken to the patrol vehicle. When asked if she was concealing anything on her person, she said, “no,” but when told she’d face additional charges if she entered the jail with contraband, Stahl reached into the front of her pants and retrieved a bag of a green leafy substance weighing about 12.9 grams, the report said.
The green leafy substance tested positive for the presence of THC. Using an online pill identifier, the deputy identified the small blue pill as Diazepam 10mg, which matched label on the pill bottle. The single white pill was identified as acetaminophen and Hydrocodone Bitartrate 325mg/10mg, which is a schedule 2 controlled substance. The 1 ½ pills in the bottle were identified as Gabapentin 600mg, which is not a controlled substance but requires a prescription, according to the report.
Stahl was taken to the Marion County Jail, where she was released Wednesday on $5,000 bond.