An Ocala motorist and his two passengers were jailed on drug charges recently after they were stopped by a Marion County sheriff’s deputy for speeding.
The deputy reported seeing a black Chrysler PT Cruiser traveling west on S.W. 42nd Street at 47 mph in 40-mph speed zone. He stopped the vehicle and made contact with the driver, 32-year-old Daniel Lee Slusher, the front-seat passenger, 43-year-old Kyle Jason Thompson; and the back seat passenger, 33-year-old Deborah Lee Niemeyer. Slusher told the deputy he thought the speed limit was 45 mph, the report says.
A sheriff’s K-9 performed an open air sniff and alerted on the vehicle, indicating the likely presence of narcotics. Deputies searched the car and bound a black film container on the floorboard behind the passenger seat that contained a white powdery substance and white rock substance that field tested positive for Fentanyl and cocaine, respectively, the report says, adding that the container “was within arms reach of all of the occupants of the vehicle.”
After being read his rights, Slusher told the deputy that he and Niemeyer, who he lives with, had just picked up Thompson. He said he didn’t know the New York native nor where they were heading, as Thompson was giving him directions as he drove. He also said he didn’t see either Thompson or Niemeyer place the film container on the floorboard and he denied ownership of the drugs, the report says.
After being read her rights, Niemeyer said the drugs didn’t belong to her and she hadn’t seen Slusher or Thompson put the container in the vehicle. She said she knew Thompson and they were giving him a ride but she didn’t know where they were going, according to the report.
After being read his rights, Thompson said he knew Niemeyer and she had messaged him about obtaining some Xanax bars. He said he told Slusher and Niemeyer to pick him up so they could get the Xanax. But he said the container in the back floorboard wasn’t his and he didn’t know who it belonged to, the report says.
All three were placed under arrest and while en route to the Marion County Jail, Niemeyer said the drugs belonged to Thompson. She said when they were stopped by the deputy, Thompson asked her to insert the container inside her vagina and she refused. She also said she didn’t see Thompson put the items on the floorboard.
Slusher, Niemeyer and Thompson each were charged with possession of cocaine and possession of a controlled substance. Slusher was released on $500 bond, while Niemeyer was released on $2,000 bond. Thompson was being held on $4,000 bond and all three are due in court Nov. 24 at 9 a.m. to answer to the charges.