Anthony Jared Ort, 22, of 5279 SE 34th Court in Ocala, and Jave’on Emmanuel Walters, 20, of 3885 SE 137th Lane, were passengers in a vehicle that a Fruitland Park police officer stopped at about 1:30 a.m. for making an illegal U-turn. County 468 near Centennial Boulevard. An FCIC/NCIC examination of the vehicle’s license plate showed that it was not currently assigned to the vehicle, according to the police report.
While talking to the driver about the illegal turn and license tag, the officer noticed the smell of marijuana coming out of the car. The report said all of the car’s occupants said no when asked if any of them had a medical marijuana card.
The vehicle and its occupants were searched. Hidden inside Walters’ pants was a black Smith & Wesson 380 revolver that was reported stolen in Marion County in August. After his arrest, Walters said he purchased the firearm for safety reasons and did not know it had been stolen. According to the report, Walters, who has had several previous criminal convictions, was charged with possession of a gun or ammunition by a convicted Florida criminal and the unlicensed concealed carry of a firearm.
All occupants of the vehicle provided their identification information to the officer except for Ort, who was eventually identified by the police’s RapidID device. The report said a check from the FCIC/NCIC showed it had several pending orders.
A search of the car turned up a transparent plastic bag with several multi-colored discs under the front passenger seat, a green pad on the right rear passenger floorboard, a pink pad on the left rear passenger seat, and a black backpack on the back. The left rear floor is partially under the driver’s seat. Inside the backpack was a large amount of a green leafed substance that tested positive for marijuana and a digital scale, according to the report.
All passengers except Ort said they were not aware of the drugs in the car, while the driver said the backpack belonged to Ort. Because of the statements of others in the car and the location of the backpack, the officers determined that it belonged to Ort. He was charged with possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana and resisting arrest without violence. On the basis of previous arrest warrants, Ort was also charged with domestic battery by strangulation and violating a test, the report said.
Ort Walters was transferred to the Lake County Jail. Ort was issued Tuesday with a $5,000 bond, while Walters is holding a $20,000 bond. Both are scheduled to appear in Lake District Court on October 17.