Sumter County deputies arrested a Florida man after seizing nearly 350 grams of marijuana Monday morning after stopping a passenger bus for following too closely behind another vehicle on Interstate …
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Sumter County deputies arrested a Florida man after seizing nearly 350 grams of marijuana Monday morning after stopping a passenger bus for following too closely behind another vehicle on Interstate 95.
Oscar Williams Jr., 29, of Orlando, Florida, was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, according to Adrienne Sarvis, public information officer of the Sumter County Sheriff's Office.
After conducting a traffic stop, a deputy noticed the odor of marijuana coming from inside the bus while speaking with the driver about the traffic violation. The deputy requested a K-9 team on scene to check the exterior of the bus near the luggage compartments. The K-9 indicated the odor of drugs, and deputies entered the bus to visually inspect passengers and their luggage.
During the inspection, an unclaimed and abandoned bag was seized by deputies, which contained approximately 337 grams of shrink-wrapped marijuana inside, Sarvis said.
Williams, who was sitting directly next to the bag, was asked about the bag’s contents, and deputies noticed the smell of marijuana coming off him.
Deputies found approximately 10 grams of marijuana in a bag claimed by Williams, as well as a marijuana cigarette in his jacket pocket, Sarvis said.
Other passengers who were sitting near the unclaimed bag gave consent for deputies to search their luggage and persons. No other illegal drugs were found.
Williams was arrested and transported to Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center.
The bus and other passengers were released.
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