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Gainesville man arrested by Ocala police officer after gun, drugs found during traffic stop

A 26-year-old Gainesville man was arrested after a handgun and drugs were found inside his vehicle during a traffic stop.

On Wednesday, December 8 at around 12:45 a.m., an Ocala Police Department officer observed a white 2012 Ford sedan traveling northbound on NE 19th Avenue in Ocala approach the intersection of NE 24th Street.

According to the OPD report, the vehicle failed to fully stop and went through the intersection. The officer turned on the patrol car’s emergency lights and conducted a traffic stop in the 2900 block of NE Jacksonville Road.

The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle was later identified as Ladarian Labrenta Allison.

Gainesville man arrested by Ocala police officer after gun drugs found during traffic stop
Ladarian Labrenta Allison

When asked to provide his driver’s license, Allison handed the officer an identification card. The officer asked if he had a valid driver’s license and he stated he did not.

A computer check revealed that Allison’s driver’s license was revoked on May 9, 2019.

The officer ordered Allison outside of the vehicle to perform a search. Prior to the search, he told the officer that the vehicle belongs to his girlfriend who has a concealed weapons permit.

During a search of the vehicle, the officer found an orange pill bottle in the driver’s side door panel that contained three plastic baggies. Two of those baggies had a white rock-like substance that field-tested positive for cocaine, and the third had an off-white crystal-like substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

Rolling papers were found along with an empty purple package that had a government warning label stating the package contained cannabis. A digital scale and brown backpack were found on the rear passenger side floorboard.

On the rear passenger seat, a blue-and-gray backpack was found that contained a silver pouch. Inside that pouch was a Ruger EC9 9mm handgun.

Allison told the officer that he was unaware of the contents inside the orange pill bottle. He stated that he does not have a medical marijuana card, and he denied knowledge that there was a handgun inside the vehicle.

A criminal history check was conducted, and the officer discovered that Allison was previously convicted of a third-degree felony for burglary on September 28, 2017, along with a second-degree felony for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon on May 9, 2019.

Allison was arrested, transported to Marion County, and later released on $22,000 bond.

He is facing felony charges for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and two counts of drug possession along with misdemeanor charges for drug paraphernalia possession and driving with a revoked license.

A court date has been scheduled at 9 a.m. on January 11, 2022, according to jail records.