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Father and son rat each other out over drugs in car

Richard Lee Kohler

A father and son pointed fingers at each other when drugs were found in their vehicle during a traffic stop Monday night in Ocala.

Richard Wayne Kohler, 40, of 4252 SW 145th Place in Ocala, was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug equipment. Richard Lee Kohler, 20, of Silver Springs, was charged with possession of cocaine and violating his probation from a cocaine possession conviction earlier this year.

The younger Kohler was also previously arrested on drug and domestic battery charges in March 2019 after parking lot spat over a video game turned physical.

Richard Wayne Kohler was behind the wheel of a red 2005 Toyota Scion that a Marion County sheriff’s deputy watched exit the Queens Garden Resort, 3340 S. Pine Ave., and start traveling south in a reckless manager. The vehicle swerved in and out of its lane several times, crossing over the inside and outside lane markers, according to the sheriff’s department report.

Richard Wayne Kohler

The deputy conducted a traffic stop in the 5200 block of South Pine Avenue and spoke with both men. A sheriff’s office K9 officer responded to the scene and a dog, “Baboo,” detected the presence of narcotics in the vehicle during a free air sniff, the report said.

During a search of the vehicle, the deputy found a balled-up piece of paper in the center console ashtray within easy reach of both the driver and passenger, placing them in constructive possession. The deputy also found a small wooden box behind the rear passenger seat that contained a glass pipe with crystal residue and several small pieces of a crystal substance, according to the report.

The substance in the paper tested positive for cocaine, while the substance in the box tested positive for methamphetamine, the report said.

Richard Wayne Kohler told the deputy he didn’t know anything about the substance in the ashtray. When asked about the box behind the passenger seat, he said it belonged to his son, according to the report.

Richard Lee Kohler told the deputy he believed his dad just recently purchased the cocaine and he didn’t know anything about it. He said he believed his dad traded a bicycle for the cocaine because, just several minutes prior to the traffic stop, he left with a bicycle and returned a few minutes later acting strangely and without the bike. Richard Lee Kohler said he didn’t know anything about the cocaine or methamphetamine, but he believed both belonged to his dad, the report said.

Both men were taken to the Marion County Jail. Richard Wayne Kohler is being held on $5,000 bond, while Richard Lee Kohler is being held on $2,000 bond.

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