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Ocala man arrested during traffic stop after drugs found in eyeglass case

An Ocala man was caught driving with a suspended license and a search of the vehicle revealed drugs.

On June 6 a Marion County Sheriff’s deputy observed a tan Lincoln town car driven by 46-year-old Clinton Rimes change lanes near SE 128th Street without using a turn signal, causing another vehicle to break to avoid a collision.

Ocala man arrested during traffic stop after drugs found in eyeglass case
Clinton Howard Rimes

The deputy conducted a traffic stop and Rimes immediately stated he did not have a driver’s license or identification card. Rimes admitted his license was suspended and a background check revealed his license had been suspended multiple times, according to the sheriff’s report.

Rimes was arrested and before the vehicle was towed, the deputy found a leather button sheath. Inside the sheath was a clear pipe with a burnt substance. The deputy also found an eyeglass container containing a clear color pipe with a white smokey burnt substance, according to the report.

Rimes admitted the items belonged to him and stated, “One is a weed pipe, and one is a meth pipe.” The pipe from the leather sheath field tested positive for THC and the pipe from the eye glass container tested positive for amphetamines, the report stated.

Rime’s driver’s license showed multiples suspensions including one for DUI and another for being a habitual traffic offender.

Rimes was arrested and transported to the Marion County Jail on June 6 with a bond set at $6,000. Rimes was charged with driving while license is suspended and drug possession. A court date is set for July 6 at 9 a.m., jail records show.