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Deputy Conducts Traffic Stop After Marijuana Smoke Billows out of Suspect’s Vehicle

SPRING HILL – Despite growing debate over the legalization of marijuana in the State of Florida, many have already convinced themselves that the intoxicating substance can be freely purchased, consumed and possessed in public. But all too often these revolutionaries of marijuana legalization find themselves behind bars because federal law still recognizes it as a schedule 1 narcotic.

Over the last few weeks local Sheriff’s Deputies have been cracking down on the illicit drug, and in most cases, it leads to the discovery of far more dangerous narcotics like methamphetamine, heroin, and prescription medications – not to mention firearms.

Just last week, deputies conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Forest Oaks Blvd and Thunderbird Ave, after detecting the odor of marijuana emitting from a vehicle traveling in front of the patrol car. During an interview with the driver, identified as 26-year-old Desmond Tyre Horton, deputies determined that Horton did not have a valid driver’s license, and that the overwhelming odor  of marijuana continued to billow out the vehicle. Desmond explained that it was an electronic cigarette which contained marijuana.

After a consensual search of Despond’s person, deputies discovered additional marijuana and placed him into custody. Further examination of Hortons’s belongings revealed 4.1 grams of cocaine and 14.4 grams of hashish.

Despond was transported to the Hernando County Jail where he posted a $5,500 bond.

The use of marijuana and arrests continue to plague Hernando County because it is presumed to be a harmless substance that has no effect of driving or rational decisions making.

Since March 1st there have been 11-known drug related arrests, not including failure to appear and probation violations that are in many cases related to prior drug arrests.

Property Crimes, including vehicle break-ins, burglaries, shoplifting, and other property crimes are often a direct result of criminal activity.

On a positive note, just days ago, a women who was arrested for attacking this reporter during a stabbing incident, called RNRF to apologize for her behavior and claims to have found a higher-power and has turned her life around. It just goes to show that public humiliation of a drug related perpetrators can turn themselves around after news stories begin to prevent advancement in their careers. She has made a miraculous recovery and is on her way to pursuing a great career.

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  • Glad to live in California where it’s stare legal …

    Monday, 9 April 2018, 3:32 am
    • STATE

      Monday, 9 April 2018, 3:33 am
  • Cannibus isn’t the problem. The other illegal drugs & no DL is. Period. Get that other crap off the street & start putting into place what the people voted in 2 years ago.

    Sunday, 8 April 2018, 10:43 am
  • It really takes all kinds i guess. RNRF is a Badly NEEDED & NON governed (by those dictators and ones in charge of public information) public asset that will ALWAYS keep us *regular folks* informed, why is that so hard to see for so many?.

    Thursday, 5 April 2018, 10:11 am
  • Saw this guy at the park the other day playing basketball. I didn’t realize he was so stupid. Why would consent to a search of the car when you know you have cocaine and you don’t have a driver’s license? Use some common sense next time. And then he actually admits to using weed in the vaporizer. How can you be this dumb?

    Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 10:14 pm
    • Shows how stupid you are. If the Deputy smells marijuana he doesn’t need your permission to search your vehicle. they would of found it regardless of what this dude said.

      Thursday, 5 April 2018, 9:46 am
      • Article states he volunteered to have his car searched. That’s a big difference then the cops having to get permission to search the car, bring a dog out, have a witness just because he saw some smoke and thought there was a weed smell.

        Thursday, 5 April 2018, 10:33 pm
        • It says consensual search of his person they found the drugs if they smelled it they do not need permission at all to search somebody’s vehicle but they didn’t find it in his vehicle they found it on him

          Friday, 6 April 2018, 10:19 pm
  • I have to reiterate the comment above.
    “The use of marijuana and arrests continue to plague Hernando County because it is presumed to be a harmless substance that has no effect of driving or ration rational decisions making.”
    This is an example of biased reporting.
    Who presumes it is a harmless substance?
    Who said that the use of marijuana plagues Hernando County?
    Who said that arrests continue to plague Hernando County?
    It appears that the reporter or writer of this statement does the presuming. But of course that is a presumption.

    Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 7:09 pm
  • Unless the marijuana crossed a state line, a international border, or is found on Federal property, federal law is irrelevant. Simply challenging their standing would result in a dismissal. The people and states are sovereign in these matters because the Constitution does not bestow the authority to the Federal government. If they had the power, they would not have had to amend the Constitution in order to implement prohibition back in 1920.

    Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 4:35 pm
  • he is a waste to society it was his drug money that got him out of jail raise the bail so these low life’s can’t be on the streets do it at home you low life

    Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 3:16 pm
  • Liberals love their freedom,just can’t handle it without being under the influence of pot or some other drug.

    Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 1:36 pm
    • And the Cons of the U.S. are ready and willing to give up the Constitution and live under the rule of Emperor Trump

      Thursday, 5 April 2018, 6:21 pm
  • You cant win on this one 72% of state agree it should be legal arrests are down for weed in this county. Citrus county sheriff’s dept and docters are having great luck with the medical weed and getting people weaned off or down on opiates, even the feds said that states with total legalization opiate prescriptions are down 10% down 2 to 3 % for decriminalized states. But if you have no dl and cheech and chonging it down rd with cocaine i have no sympathy for you.

    Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 1:23 pm
    • I had cancer 2 times and it saved my life and to bad I had to break the law to live and marijuana has been know to save people from seizures etc. Wake up ppl !!! It’s not a “black ppl’s drug” and I will tell you all something the cotton heads racist republicans down here in Fl are voting not to decriminalize it, thanks you azz wipes 😡

      Thursday, 5 April 2018, 12:20 pm
  • how or who made marijuana legal in Washington d.c.

    Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 12:13 pm
    • Buba, been going on in D.C. for 20 yrs, In 2014 the Voters ,voted it in for recreational, use. You can grow it on your own property, can shate, but can’t sell it. Must be 21 to use.Must smoke it on your own property, and can’t be smoked on any federal property. Cops wrote tickets if you are driving DUI. Check it out on Google..

      Thursday, 5 April 2018, 8:18 am

        Thursday, 5 April 2018, 8:20 am
  • Call me names call me whatever I don’t see a damn thing wrong with Tom’s story it seems to me he just simply covered two different stories in one kind of along the same subject line that’s all we don’t need to dissect it down with a damn microscope Do we????

    Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 12:07 pm
  • All I have to say is if anyone or everyone reading or commenting on this site right now actually knew how many people they know directly or are in contact with in their daily lives that actually used marijuana they would probably be blown away, also my personal opinion only my personal opinion of course is that this is a natural plant that the good Lord put on this Earth for a reason, I also feel it’s just the opposite alcohol should be outlawed as it causes a hell of a shitload of problems every single day, as for all the other drugs pills synthetic heroin meth all that other crap yes get it the hell out of here but enough already with the weed legalized the s*** already personally I think everyone should smoke and based on what people tell me it’s almost as though most people do already LOL, unbenounced to me when I was a little boy my seventh grade science teacher was a weed user I confirm this by running into him years later at a local pub, which I visited before I was 21 regularly lol they didn’t card back then I guess

    Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 12:03 pm
  • On cases like this law enforcement needs CANNABIX !! Hubba dubba doo …

    Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 12:01 pm
  • …crimes are often the direct result of criminal activity. Who knew?

    Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 11:15 am
    • The use of marijuana and or other intoxicants continues to plague Hernando County because it is presumed to be a harmless substance that has no effect whatsoever of writing or ration rational decisions making. HAhahahahahahahhaahhahahhahahhahaha.

      Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 5:34 pm
      • Hey Tom, here’s a suggestion, “I hear writers while on opium make better poets than journalists.” …hint, hint. Refer to Sir Thomas De Quincey’s work, “Confessions of an English Opium Eater.”

        Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 5:55 pm
    • The use of marijuana and or other intoxicants continues to plague Hernando County because it is presumed to be a harmless substance that has no effect whatsoever of writing or ration rational decisions making. HAhahahahahahahhaahhahahhahahhahahaha.

      Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 6:01 pm
      • Hey Tom, here’s a suggestion, “I hear writers while on opium make better poets than journalists.” …hint, hint. Refer to Sir Thomas De Quincey’s work, “Confessions of an English Opium Eater.”

        Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 6:05 pm
  • This is irresponsible reporting. Please do not regurgitate what the cops tell you after they make an arrest. There were more than 587,000 arrests for marijuana in 2017. The VAST majority of them were for marijuana alone. There are more arrests for marijuana last year than all murder, rape, aggravated assault and robbery arrests combined. This is a waste of limited law enforcement resources and why real crimes are not adequately investigated or solved. Don’t let the local sheriff boast over some stupid pot arrest. African-American marijuana users, like Mr. Horton, are four times more likely to get arrested than their white marijuana-smoking peers.

    Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 11:04 am
  • thanks tom, either you did not like my post, or just another case censorship!

    Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 10:50 am
  • Mr. Lemons, surely you can find a reader to edit your pieces before you publish. The use of marijuana and RELATED arrests…
    that are, in many cases,
    …other property crimes are often the direct result of DRUG activity.

    Also, while the apology and improvement of the woman who attacked you is nice, it didn’t transition well with the story. Maybe you should have put:
    THE public humiliation of drug related perpetrators CAN ENCOURAGE THEM TO turn themselves… continue story.

    A drug related is singular. Perpetrators is plural. Editing your own work is notoriously difficult.

    Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 9:56 am
  • hello tom, this information is not so much about the traffic stop. but rather to inform you about marijuana. in 2017 there were over 640 thousand overdoses in the us alone. all due to heroin, cocaine, and opiates. in the last five thousand years, from all around the world there have been 0 overdoses of marijuana. please read up on dr. sanjay gupta, an American neurosurgeon who thought cannabus was bad for you because that’s what government told him. he checked it out for his self and found that a six year old boy had 300 seisures a week. after getting on medical marijuana, it droped to 3 seisures a month. so please investigate.

    Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 9:37 am
    • Bub a excellent, and true!!

      Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 4:53 pm
  • Pot heads are so boring to be around!

    Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 9:31 am
    • AND DRUNKS ARE TOTALLY OBNOXIOUS and KILL many innocent people on the roads daily.

      Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 2:02 pm
    • And drunks are lovely…. Boring is not a crime….

      Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 6:07 pm
  • Who’d have guessed he’s a pothead? Isn’t that a marijuana leaf on his neck?

    Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 6:50 am
    • Yep Bobby it is, I guess you could surmise that, kinda the same way all the Rebel flags flown, we can surmise, they are still fighting the civil war and are pretty much racist. Hell I don’t even partake of drugs, alcohol, Marijuana etc, I am certainly not a racist and don’t fly the rebel flag.. Do I believe this young man shouldn’t have been driving without a licsense and have cocaine , yes, but Marijuana is by far not the worst thing anyone could do, and resources could be used to get the meth and crack heads, they are the real criminls, Lord knows we have enough of those around. It is NOT a gateway drug and has medical benefits. Do you remember the lady with Lou Gehrigs disease, her husband was growing it and she was funtioning.?Do your research and expand your mind. Hernando County is soo far out of touch with realty on the Marijuana thing. Smarter south of here. Making money hand over fist on fines for the weed. One more thing, no way in hell do I believe a deputy SMELLED it while driving behind him, I have vaped nicotine and no way that much smoke billows out of a car window. I call BS on that. Let’s see if this gets posted . 😃

      Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 4:49 pm
  • Not surprised, way to often lawbreakers are not ONLY doing only one thing, looks like this guy is *normal* in today’s world of drug users and abusers and breakers by having so many different kinds of drugs on board. O well, again, nothing new. Glad the deputies were able to remove this doped up danger off the streets and from driving. Only wish they could remove them all which would immed. make our streets much safer to drive on. Another great cover Tom. Keep up the good work bud. I’m gonna go donate to your page now which i wish everyone would to keep you afloat and keep us informed. This is a *personal* news channel i for one want and am going to help survive. Rock on polecat.

    Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 5:26 am
  • Additionally, you’ll go out of your way to hide this fact. You can dish it out , but you can’t it .

    Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 2:16 am
  • No cure for stupidity!

    Tuesday, 3 April 2018, 10:21 pm
  • “The use of marijuana and arrests continue to plague Hernando County because it is presumed to be a harmless substance that has no effect of driving or ration rational decisions making.”

    Now that is just a plain stupid thing to write and assumptions to make. This is the type of bullshit journalism that many complain about.

    Its like saying RNRF does any real community asset reporting. All that is written here is about the Dawn Center and crimes. No real reporting about community issues like the lack of sidewalks for many of the schools. Get off your ass and go sit at Applegate and Ken Lake in the morning and after school and see the kids that have to transverse these roads were there are no sidewalks. Go take a look at some of the parks that HCRD dept has let fall into crap. Little Red school house field is a big one. The soccer fields at Vets had the grass replaced what a year ago and already look like shit. How much money did that cost us and now in crap. ?
    There’s more to our community to write about then assinine assumptions and crime reports that hardly ever get updated or are nothing more than “rumours” .
    If you truly have a journalist degree the lets see you put it to good use.

    Tuesday, 3 April 2018, 9:53 pm

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