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Monday, February 6, 2023

Traffic stop leads to Ocala man’s arrest after deputy finds drugs, paraphernalia in vehicle

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 58-year-old Ocala man after methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia were found inside his pickup truck during a traffic stop.

On Friday, December 2, an MCSO deputy observed a Chevrolet pickup truck that was stopped at the intersection of SW 84th Street and S Magnolia Avenue in Ocala. The deputy noted in the MCSO report that a man in the driver’s seat, later identified as James Ellebre King, Jr., was “slumped over the steering wheel.”

James Ellebre King, Jr.
James Ellebre King, Jr.

When the deputy pulled behind the pickup truck to conduct a well-being check, King sat up and began driving northbound on Magnolia Avenue, according to the MCSO report. After driving a short distance, the pickup truck pulled over on the side of the road near the 8200 block of S Magnolia Avenue and King exited the vehicle.

The deputy made contact with King and requested his driver’s license. King handed the deputy his license and stated that it was currently suspended for insurance reasons, according to the MCSO report.

The deputy asked for King’s consent to search the pickup truck, and he agreed to the search. He informed the deputy that drugs were inside the vehicle, including a baggie of methamphetamine and a pipe in the center armrest compartment.

The deputy noted in the MCSO report that the following items were found inside King’s pickup truck during the search:

  • A small plastic baggie containing a crystal-like substance that later field-tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine.
  • A glass bulb pipe containing a white smoke residue that later field-tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine.
  • A backpack near the rear seat containing an aluminum container filled with a green leafy substance that later field-tested positive for the presence of marijuana; an empty aluminum container; a small digital scale with residue from a crystal-like substance; and a small plastic Ziploc bag containing residue from a crystal-like substance.
  • A metal pipe that was equipped with a filtered tip.

The MCSO report stated that the total weight of the methamphetamine was 1.8 grams and the marijuana weighed less than 20 grams.

After being read his Miranda rights, King advised that he was aware that the methamphetamine and glass bulb pipe were inside his vehicle, but he claimed that those items belonged to one of his friends. He admitted to the deputy that the marijuana was his, and he advised that he used the metal pipe to smoke marijuana, according to the MCSO report.

The deputy also noted in the report that King admitted to using the digital scale to weigh methamphetamine.

King was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where he is currently being held on $9,000 bond. He is facing a felony charge for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and misdemeanor charges for possession of marijuana (not more than 20 grams), possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving with a suspended license.

A court date has been scheduled at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, according to jail records.