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Ocala man jailed without bond after drug arrest in Silver Springs

Kenneth Maxwell Kennedy

An Ocala man is being held without bond in the Marion County Jail after his arrest recently on multiple drug charges during a traffic stop in Silver Springs.

Kenneth Maxwell Kennedy, 23, of 5741 SE 22nd St., was charged with possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana, two counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription (felony), and a half-dozen bond violations from an April arrest on charges of drug possession and fleeing law enforcement.

Kennedy was in the front passenger seat of a Chevrolet Silverado with an Arizona license plate that was pulled over for pulling a trailer with no rear lights and no traffic lights. The Marion County sheriff’s deputy who conducted the traffic stop noticed the smell marijuana emitting from the vehicle and asked the female driver how much marijuana was in the truck. Kennedy said from the passenger seat, “maybe two blunts worth,” according to the sheriff’s office report.

During a search of the vehicle, the deputy found a blue lunch-style bag on the floor where Kennedy was sitting. The bag contained multiple packages of a green leafy substance in factory-style packaging labeled, “Guava Cake 43% Cannabinoids.” The substance field tested positive for THC, the report said.

Also found were two other small bags of a green leafy substance labeled, “Mac1,” and a package labeled, “Sour Infused Gushers,” “500 MG,” “THC” and “Contains Marijuana. Keep Away From Children.” There was another package containing what appeared to be gummy worm candies labeled, “Chuckles Gummy Worms 400MG THC: 10 Individual Infused 40MG Pieces,” according to the report.

Another item in the bag was a glass jar containing a white gel-like substance that tested positive for THC. The final item in the bag was a white think package of what appeared to be a transdermal medical patch labeled, “Mary’s Medicinals Long Lasting Fast Acting Transdermal Patch THC Indicia .020G THC 20MG.” All the packaging was labeled for sale in California, the report said.

The deputy then searched the dash area on the passenger side in front of Kennedy and found a small plastic bag containing two round blue pills labeled 031 that were identified as Alprazolam, a Schedule 4 controlled substance. There was also a plastic tray containing a green leafy substance that tested positive for marijuana, according to the report.

After being read his Miranda warning, Kennedy said the contents of the bag were his, and he said he has a medical marijuana card. He was unable to prove he has a card and the contents of the bag did not have proper medical packaging, the report said.

Kennedy also said the marijuana in the dash belonged to him but denied owning the pills found in the same location. He also said he never had a card and just uses his driver’s license. After being read her Miranda warning, the female driver said Kennedy is her husband and takes Alprazolam for back pain but does not have a prescription, according to the report.

Kennedy will answer to the charges in Marion County Court on Dec. 22.

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