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Citra man jailed after stolen weapon and drugs found in vehicle

Ferron Lee Williams

A Citra man was jailed recently on a multitude of charges after being stopped for speeding.

An Ocala Police Officer stopped 26-year-old Ferron Lee Williams on May 20 near the 1100 block of State Road 40. As the officer approached Williams’ vehicle, he reached his hands outside his window. That led the officer to believe Williams had firearms in his vehicle, a report states.

Williams “suspiciously denied” having any weapons in his vehicle and was unable to produce his driver’s license. A Florida identification card was visible in the center console and when asked to give it to the officer, Williams dropped it onto the floorboard at his feet.
Williams appeared to be “nervous” as he leaned his chest toward the steering wheel in an effort to conceal the floorboard while slowing reaching toward his feet. The officer then ordered him to get out of his vehicle.

Williams was told to stand by his vehicle but instead fled on foot on SW 3rd Ave toward SW Broadway Street. The officer pursued Williams and a detective who was nearby by was able to apprehend him in the 400 block of SW Broadway Street, the report says.

Williams was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and several illegal drugs, including methamphetamine and marijuana. A .40-caliber Glock 35 was located on the floorboard and a 9mm Smith & Wesson pistol also was located in the vehicle. Both firearms were fully loaded with magazines in them, the report says, adding that the Glock 35 came back stolen out of Alachua County.

Williams, a convicted felon with a suspended driver’s license, was placed under arrest and transported to the Marion County Jail. He was charged with two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, two counts of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, driving while license suspended or revoked, possession of drug paraphernalia, grand theft of a firearm, two counts of carrying a concealed weapon, resisting without violence, armed trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of marijuana. He was released late Wednesday morning on $82,000 bond and is due in court June 23 at 9 a.m.

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