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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