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Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Deputy says man disposed of cocaine, marijuana near Ocala home during curbside drug deal

A 35-year-old man is accused of discarding multiple bags of drugs near an Ocala home after he was spotted by a Marion County Sheriff’s deputy who allegedly watched the man walk up to a vehicle to sell the drugs.

On Sunday, the MCSO deputy responded to the 2400 block of NW 63rd Street in Ocala in reference to a suspicious vehicle in the area. Upon arrival, the deputy located the vehicle and observed a man, later identified as Corenzo Denard Florence, walking away from the driver’s side, according to the arrest report.

The deputy noted that Florence then approached the passenger side of the vehicle before throwing two items towards a nearby fence. When Florence noticed the deputy, he began walking towards the residence and stated that he “did not do anything wrong.”

The report stated that Florence walked back towards the deputy, and he was instructed to stand in front of the vehicle. The deputy then approached the nearby fence and located the following items: a plastic baggie containing a green leafy substance on the other side of the fence, and a plastic baggie containing a white rock-like substance in front of the fence, near the vehicle.

The green leafy substance later field-tested positive for marijuana, and the white rock-like substance field-tested positive for cocaine, according to the report.

After being read his Miranda rights, Florence refused to speak with the deputy, and he was placed under arrest and transported to Marion County Jail. Prior to reaching the facility, Florence allegedly told the deputy that he “really messed up” and was “sorry.”

Florence is currently being held at Marion County Jail on a $4,500 bond. He is being charged with possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana (20 grams or less), and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A court date has not been scheduled yet, according to jail records.