An Ocala man was arrested on drug charges after he reportedly threw crack cocaine onto the ground during a traffic stop for not having a taillight on his bicycle.
At around 4:21 a.m. Tuesday, an Ocala Police officer observed a person riding a bicycle on NW 19th Avenue approaching NW 3rd Street. The vehicle did not have a red lamp attached to the rear of the bike as required by Florida statute. The bicyclist turned left onto NW 3rd Street and the officer conducted a traffic stop, according to the police report.
The bicyclist was identified as 60-year-old Frederick Leon Fraziars through his Florida identification card. The officer returned to his patrol vehicle to check for warrants and during that time he saw Fraziars making abnormal movements while sitting on his bicycle, the report said.
While still sitting in the patrol vehicle, the officer saw Fraziars throw several small, rock-like items onto the ground. After being informed by dispatch that Fraziars had an active warrant for his arrest for violation of parole, the officer placed him under arrest, according to the report.
After securing Fraziars in handcuffs, the officer searched the ground near where Frazier was stopped and found several white, rock-like items that tested positive for cocaine. The officer also tested a small white particle in Fraziars’ hand and it also turned out to be cocaine. Fraziars also had two cylindrical tubes that contained a white powdery residue that also tested positive for cocaine, the report said.
Fraziars was charged with possession of cocaine, tampering with physical evidence and the parole violation. He was taken to the Marion County Jail, where he’s being held on $2,000 bond. No court information was available.