A 40-year-old Citra man was treated for a seizure and then arrested after drugs were discovered underneath his seat during a traffic stop.
On Tuesday at around 10 p.m., a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy observed a Ford Mustang that was swerving out of the lane around the 8000 block of N U.S. Highway 441 in Ocala. The vehicle’s taillight was also out.
The deputy pulled over the vehicle, and the female driver stated that she was heading to the hospital because her passenger, Clifford Gary Sanford, Jr., was having a seizure.
Marion County Fire Rescue arrived on scene and treated Sanford.
The deputy noticed a crystal-like substance on the passenger-side floorboard. When Sanford was medically cleared, he was detained while the deputy searched the vehicle.
A pipe with residue was found underneath the passenger seat. The substance field tested positive for methamphetamine.
A computer check on Sanford revealed that he was recently arrested on Friday, November 19 for felony domestic battery. He was issued a pre-trial release the following day with the condition that stated he must avoid all contact with the female victim.
The deputy learned that the female driver was the victim in that felony domestic battery case.
Sanford told the deputy that the pipe and drugs were not his, and he claimed that the driver planted those items under the seat after they were pulled over.
He also denied having any knowledge of the pre-trial violation. He recalled being at his friend’s house, having a seizure, and waking up as the vehicle was being pulled over.
Sanford was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where he is currently being held on $3,000 bond. He faces a felony charge for drug possession and misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia.
A court date has been scheduled on December 21 at 9 a.m. for his prior felony battery charge, and another court date has been scheduled on December 28 at 9 a.m. related to the drug possession charges, according to jail records.