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Saturday, July 24, 2021

Woman found with drugs, $7,000 in grocery bag during traffic stop

An Ocala woman was pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt was arrested after illegal drugs and over $7,000 in cash was found in her vehicle.

On June 13 an Ocala Police Department officer observed a black chevy traveling near N Magnolia Ave. The officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle because the woman was not wearing a seat belt.

The officer reported 38-year-old Tiffany Lake appeared to be nervous and he could smell the odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Lake advised her boyfriend smokes but claimed nothing illegal was inside of the vehicle, according to the sheriff’s report.

During a search of the vehicle the officer found a green leafy substance in the cup holder and a small burnt marijuana cigarette inside of the ashtray in the center console. The officer also observed four cellphones inside of the vehicle and Lake said they were all hers, according to the report.

The officer found a grocery bag containing a brown envelope with rubber banded stacks of cash later found to be three $2,000 stacks of 20-dollar bills. Inside of the same bag was a stack of $1,400 in 20’s, $105 in 5’s and $43 in 1’s held together by a chip clip.

The total value was more than $7,000, according to the report. The officer also located a clear liquid and Lake admitted it would test positive for THC.

Due to the large amount of cash found and narcotics, Lake was handcuffed.

Lake was transported to the Ocala Police Department to be interviewed by an agent and a second search revealed an electronic cigarette and paraphernalia inside of the vehicle under the passenger seat and in the center console, according to the report.

Lake claimed she had won between $11,000 and $12,000 from Fish games. Lake later claimed she had won the majority of the money from Coconuts and from the Moontlight internet café she works at, according to the report.

Lake claimed she did not want to deposit the money at a bank due to it being the weekend and not wanting to use the ATM, the report stated.

Lake was placed under arrest for possession of THC edible and paraphernalia and transported to the Marion County Jail without further incident. Lake had a bond set at $3,000 and was released on June 13.