A 21-year-old Ocala man was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell after a large trove of THC-based products was found in his vehicle during a traffic stop early Monday.
Edward Wilson Joseph B. Folsom, of 5050 NW 57th Lane, was also charged with DUI. He was pulled over in his white Mazda SUV at around 1 a.m. on North Pine Avenue after a Marion County sheriff’s deputy spotted the vehicle traveling without its taillights on, according to the sheriff’s office report.
While approaching the vehicle, the deputy smelled a strong odor of marijuana, and when Folsom rolled down the driver’s door window, smoke came billowing out and the deputy identified the smell of both raw and burnt marijuana. Folsom appeared nervous and his eyes were bloodshot, the report said.
The deputy asked Folsom for his driver’s license, registration and medical marijuana card, and Folsom said he didn’t have his medical marijuana card on him. Asked if he had one, Folsom nervously said he did. When the deputy asked again, he said he had one bit it was expired. Folsom handed the deputy his license, which had a green leafy plant stuck to it that looked like marijuana. A records check revealed that Folsom has never had a medical marijuana card, according to the report.
The deputy asked Folsom if he had been smoking hemp in the vehicle, and he replied he had been smoking marijuana. The deputy asked Folsom to step out of the vehicle and asked if he had anything on him that the deputy needed to know about. Folsom said, “just this,” and pulled out a clear plastic bag containing a green leafy substance that looked like cannabis, the report said.
Folsom was placed under arrest after failing a series of field sobriety tests. At the time of his arrest, he had $3,256 in cash in his pocket. The deputy conducted a thorough search of Folsom’s vehicle and in addition to the green leafy substance in Folsom’s pocket, which later tested positive for THC content, found 32 packages of individually wrapped plant labeled “Balla Berries Propane,” “Zerbert Cannabis Flower,” pink lemonade flavored “Moon Rockets,” and black jars labeled “South Bay Exotics.” All of the products tested positive for THC content, according to the report.
Folsom was taken to the Marion County Jail, where he provided a breath sample that came back with a .000 reading for alcohol. A certified drug recognition expert determined Folsom was under the influence of a drug and unsafe to operate a vehicle, the report said.
After being read his Miranda warning, Folsom told the deputy the cash in his pocket came from the sale of marijuana and marijuana products, but the items in his vehicle were for his personal use and not for sale. Based on the way the cannabis items were packaged and Folsom’s statements, the deputy determined there was probable cause to arrest him for possession of marijuana with intent to sell, according to the report.
Folsom was released later Monday on $6,000 bond.