A recent traffic stop for an active felony warrant resulted in several drug trafficking arrests.
On Sunday, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that was traveling near the 700 block of SE 145th Street in Summerfield. The 38-year-old registered owner of the vehicle, Jesse Jack Thompson from Fort McCoy, had an active warrant for dealing in stolen property, providing false information to a pawnbroker, and grand theft.
Thompson was detained by the deputy. According to an MCSO release, the vehicle had two additional passengers: 38-year-old Jessica Nicole Fulford from Ocklawaha and 49-year-old Thomas William Key from Ocala.
Fulford had an active failure to appear warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia, and she was also detained by the deputy.
Prior to the vehicle being towed, MCSO deputies searched through it. According to MCSO, the search revealed two bags that contained methamphetamine, fentanyl, and marijuana. A deputy located a plastic bag with fentanyl that was lodged between the passenger seat and center console.
In total, deputies found 31 grams of methamphetamine, 10 grams of fentanyl, 13 grams of marijuana, and miscellaneous drug paraphernalia. When the deputies attempted to question Thompson, Fulford, and Key, they refused to answer any questions about the incident.
Due to the location of where the drugs and paraphernalia were found, Fulford and Key were both charged with trafficking in fentanyl, trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Thompson, Fulford, and Key were transported to Marion County Jail where they are currently being held, and they each have a court date scheduled on Tuesday, April 19 at 9 a.m., according to jail records.