Two Ocala residents were arrested after drugs were found in a U-Haul during a traffic stop.
On Tuesday, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy observed a U-Haul truck fail to stop behind the white stop line at the intersection of S Highway 475 and SE 145th Street in Summerfield.
The deputy pulled over the U-Haul at the 900 block of SE 145th Street. The vehicle had three occupants: 33-year-old Jeremy Donald Brown (driver), 30-year-old Kimberly Ann Anderson (passenger), and another unidentified passenger.
A K-9 deputy performed an open-air sniff of the vehicle which resulted in a positive drug alert. The driver and passengers were detained while the U-Haul was searched.
A black cloth handbag was found on the floorboard between the driver’s seat and passenger seat. Inside the handbag were various cosmetic items, a wallet with debit cards that belonged to Anderson, social security cards that belonged to her children, and three plastic baggies that contained a white crystal-like substance.
The crystal substance later field tested positive for methamphetamine.
During the search, a drawstring backpack was also discovered near the handbag. Inside the backpack was a digital scale and glass bulb pipe, and both were covered in a white powder that later field tested positive for methamphetamine.
Brown and Anderson both agreed to speak with the deputy.
Brown stated that a friend gave him the drawstring backpack to place his belongings in, but he claimed that he was unaware that the bag contained drug paraphernalia. He denied ownership of the glass bulb pipe and scale.
Anderson admitted that the handbag belonged to her. According to the MCSO report, she had no explanation for how her personal belongings ended up next to the plastic baggies full of methamphetamine.
Brown and Anderson were both arrested and transported to Marion County Jail.
Brown is facing a misdemeanor charge for possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on bond and has an upcoming court date on December 22 at 1 p.m., according to jail records.
Anderson is facing a felony charge for drug possession along with a misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia. She is currently being held on $3,000 bond and has an upcoming court date on December 28 at 9 a.m., according to jail records.