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Ocala man facing drug trafficking charges after being caught with meth, fentanyl

A 57-year-old Ocala man is facing multiple felony charges, including trafficking methamphetamine and fentanyl, after his vehicle was searched during a traffic stop.

On Thursday, January 5, at approximately 9 p.m., an Ocala Police Department officer was traveling northbound on S Pine Avenue when a white Jeep was observed crossing the lane divider and straddling the line for the left and middle lanes, according to the OPD report.

The officer noted in the report that the Jeep failed to maintain a single lane on several occasions, and it nearly struck another vehicle near the intersection of S Pine Avenue and SW 10th Street. The officer activated the patrol car’s emergency lights and siren, and the Jeep continued to travel northbound before turning onto SW Broadway Street where it came to a complete stop.

The officer approached the driver’s side door and observed that the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, identified as Darryl Wayne McCall, was attempting to cover a clear plastic baggie with a Powerade bottle on the front passenger seat. McCall exited the vehicle and was detained in handcuffs.

Darryl Wayne McCall
Darryl Wayne McCall

Another officer along with a K-9 partner assisted with a search of McCall’s Jeep. According to the OPD report, the following items were located inside the vehicle:

  • Several bags containing a crystal-like substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine (total weight: 31.5 grams).
  • Two baggies containing an off-white powdery substance that field-tested positive for fentanyl (total weight: 27 grams).
  • A baggie containing a powdery substance that field-tested positive for heroin (total weight: 1.5 grams).
  • A black container filled with two white rock-like substances that field-tested positive for cocaine (total weight: 1 gram).
  • A bag containing a single unused dose of Narcan.

The officer placed McCall in the back of a patrol car. After being read his Miranda rights, McCall advised that he normally uses “coke.” When asked what was in the baggie that he was seen concealing on the Jeep’s front passenger seat, McCall stated that he “just bought it” and believed that it was cocaine, according to the OPD report.

McCall was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where he is currently being held on $79,000 bond. He is facing felony charges for trafficking methamphetamine (over 28 grams), trafficking fentanyl, possession of cocaine, and possession of heroin.

A court date has been scheduled at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, February 7, according to jail records.