A traffic stop for a window tint violation led to the arrest of a 28-year-old Ocala man after multiple bags filled with drugs were found during a pat-down search.
On Saturday, July 16, a Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team agent responded to the 1900 block of NW 24th Court to assist an Ocala Police Department officer with the traffic stop. Upon arrival, the officer advised that the vehicle had been stopped due to its windows being tinted too dark.
The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle was identified as Gantry Louis Belvin, Jr.
The officer made contact with Belvin and could smell a “raw marijuana” odor emitting from the vehicle. When asked if he had a medical marijuana card, Belvin advised the officer that he did not.
Belvin exited the vehicle, and the officer conducted a pat-down search. During the search, the officer felt a bulge near the waistline of Belvin’s pants, and a clear plastic Ziploc bag was removed.
The Ziploc bag contained several smaller bags that were filled with assorted narcotics. According to the UDEST report, the smaller bags contained 47.5 grams of marijuana, 33.5 grams of a white rock-like substance that the agent suspected was MDMA, and eight pills that were identified as Hydrocodone.
Inside Belvin’s right front pocket, five small plastic bags filled with 7.5 grams of marijuana were also found.
The agent noted in the report that the narcotics were packaged in several small plastic baggies, and each bag contained a similar weight of narcotics. Based on the agent’s training and experience, it was noted that the packaging appeared to be for the sale and distribution of illegal drugs.
After being read his Miranda rights, Belvin admitted that the narcotics belonged to him.
Belvin was arrested, transported to Marion County Jail, and he was later released on $55,000 bond. He is facing felony charges for trafficking methamphetamine (over 28 grams), possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, along with a misdemeanor charge for possession of drug paraphernalia.
A court date has not been scheduled yet, according to jail records.