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Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Ocala man arrested after marijuana found in pocket during traffic stop

An Ocala man was arrested for having marijuana in his pocket after he was pulled over for going 20 mph over the speed limit.

On Monday, July 12, while a Marion County Sheriff’s deputy was conducting routine patrol near Road 475, he observed a grey sedan speeding. The vehicle was driving 65 mph in a 45-mph zone, according to the sheriff’s report.

The driver, 21-year-old Eric Traynham, claims he wasn’t paying attention to his speed because he was trying to fix the radio. A K-9 arrived on scene to conduct an open-air sniff, according to the sheriff’s report.

The deputy claims Traynham became verbally abusive to him and uttered that all they were going to find is a little weed in his pocket. A search revealed a small plastic bag containing a green leafy substance which field tested positive for marijuana, the report stated.

Traynham was arrested and transported to the Marion County Jail with a bond set at $2,000. He was released on July 13 and charged with marijuana possession along with drug possession.