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Reddick man found with over 130 grams of marijuana, loaded gun during traffic stop

A 19-year-old Reddick man was arrested last week after nearly 140 grams of marijuana and a loaded firearm were allegedly found in his car during a traffic stop.

On Thursday, June 6, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy was on patrol when a Nissan sedan was observed traveling 61 miles per hour in a posted 45-mph zone near the 1300 block of W Highway 329 in Citra, according to the arrest report.

A traffic stop was conducted on the car and the deputy made contact with the driver and sole occupant: Titus Tyrone Williams.

Titus Tyrone Williams, 19, of Reddick
Titus Tyrone Williams, 19, of Reddick

The deputy noted in the report that an “odor of burnt marijuana” was detected inside the car, and Williams stated that he did not possess a medical marijuana card. Williams then admitted that marijuana and firearms were inside of the vehicle.

Williams was detained in handcuffs and the interior of his car was searched. According to the report, the following items were found during the search: a loaded 9mm Springfield pistol; a Ziploc bag, green bag, and small clear plastic bag containing a green leafy substance; a white bag containing a “large amount of green leafy substance;” a blue bag containing a high-capacity 9mm caliber pistol magazine with ammunition inside; an empty container of “250 Ziploc bags;” a small digital scale; and an unspecified amount of U.S. currency.

The green leafy substance field-tested positive for marijuana and weighed a total of 139.5 grams.

After being read his Miranda rights, Williams claimed that the marijuana in the white bag was “for his personal use.” He also stated that he purchased the firearm within the past two months because he “(lives) in a dangerous area.”

Williams was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail. He was released on bond on Saturday, June 8.

He is being charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute; possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The next court date in the case has been set for July 9 at 9 a.m., according to court records.