A 39-year old Ocala woman was arrested by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office after several drugs and related paraphernalia were found inside her vehicle during a traffic stop.
On Saturday, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office corporal observed a Buick sedan that made an improper lane change while entering the left turn lane in the 4900 block of E Silver Springs Boulevard, according to the MCSO report.
The corporal conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle in the nearby Walmart parking lot. The vehicle had two occupants: Tanya Lynn White (driver) and an unidentified front-seat passenger.
The corporal advised White of the reason for the traffic stop and asked for her driver’s license. She admitted that she did not have a valid license, and a computer search revealed that her license was suspended indefinitely in February 2022.
White exited the vehicle and was detained in handcuffs. When the passenger exited the vehicle, the corporal noted in the report that a glass pipe was visible on the front passenger seat.
According to the MCSO report, White told the corporal that everything in the vehicle belonged to her. When asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle, she stated that there was a container filled with a substance that was “supposed to be a mixture of cocaine and molly.”
During a search of White’s vehicle, the corporal located the following items:
- A second glass pipe in the driver’s side door pocket.
- A plastic baggie containing a clear crystal-like substance under the front driver’s seat that field-tested positive for methamphetamine.
- A plastic baggie containing a green leafy substance under the front driver’s seat that field-tested positive for marijuana.
- A purse belonging to White on the driver’s seat that contained a small plastic baggie filled with a white powdery substance that field-tested positive for PCP. An orange pill bottle was also found inside the purse, and it contained a plastic baggie filled with a white powdery substance that field-tested positive for fentanyl.
White was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail. While at the jail, a detention deputy located a small plastic baggie in White’s “groin area” that contained a white powdery substance that field-tested positive for fentanyl, according to the MCSO report.
White was later released from the jail on $11,000 bond. She is facing felony charges for possession of a controlled substance (three counts) and smuggling a controlled substance into a detention facility, along with misdemeanor charges for possession of marijuana (20 grams or less), possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving with a suspended license.
A court date has been scheduled at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, February 28, according to jail records.