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Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Ocala man wanted on felony warrants caught with fake $100 bills, cocaine during traffic stop

A 23-year-old Ocala man that was wanted on several felony warrants is now facing additional charges after he was allegedly caught with counterfeit $100 bills and cocaine during a traffic stop.

On Saturday, June 15, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office corporal and deputy conducted a traffic stop on a Kia SUV due to a tint violation. The corporal noted in the arrest report that a man with two active felony warrants, identified as Jacaree Juan Nelson, was known to drive the vehicle.

Jacaree Juan Nelson, 23, of Ocala
Jacaree Juan Nelson, 23, of Ocala

After the SUV came to a stop, Nelon exited from the driver’s side and walked towards the corporal and deputy. He was taken into custody without incident, according to the report.

During a pat-down search of Nelson, the corporal allegedly located 30 counterfeit $100 bills in Nelson’s left pocket. The report stated that the bills were smaller than real currency, the texture felt different, and there was a blue security strip on the bills in an attempt to make them look real.

The interior of Nelson’s SUV was also searched. A deputy located a white rock-like substance inside a cigar wrapper that was in-between the passenger seat and center console, and the substance field-tested positive for cocaine.

A computer search of Nelson revealed that his driver’s license was suspended indefinitely in 2022. He also had active warrants for his arrest in connection with a separate battery case (second or subsequent offense) and violation of probation.

No further details were provided by the sheriff’s office regarding the battery case.

Nelson was arrested and transported to Marion County, where he is currently being held on a $15,000 bond. He is being charged with possession of 10 or more counterfeit bill notes, possession of cocaine, and driving with a suspended license, along with two counts of battery (second or subsequent offense) and three counts of violation of probation.

A court date has been scheduled at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, July 16, according to jail records.