A Leesburg man found himself behind bars on drug charges recently after a Lake County sheriff’s deputy stopped the vehicle he was riding in for having an extremely dark tint on its windows.
The deputy reported that the gray passenger car sped up in attempts to avoid him and pulled into the driveway of a residence at 1011 Georgia Ave. in Leesburg. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and the front seat passenger, later identified as 20-year-old Jaylon Lyndel Johnson, got out of the vehicle holding a blue backpack and attempted to walk away, a sheriff’s office report states.
The deputy ordered Johnson, who lives at the address where vehicle stopped, to drop the bag and get back into the car. Johnson then attempted to give the backpack to someone in his driveway and the deputy told him a second time to drop it, which he did. He then told Johnson to walk toward him, the report says.
The deputy reported smelling a strong odor of marijuana coming from Johnson, who said he didn’t have his medical marijuana card. He told the deputy he believed he had about 15 grams of marijuana in the backpack, the report says.
The deputy detained Johnson and placed him inside his patrol vehicle. He then searched the backpack and located a Mason jar that contained a plastic bag with a green leafy substance inside it that weighed about 20 grams and field-tested positive for marijuana, the report says.
Johnson was placed under arrest and en route to the Lake County Jail, he told the deputy he doesn’t sell marijuana and just had it for personal use. He also claimed he was in the process of getting a medical marijuana card, according to the report.
Johnson was charged with possession of marijuana over 20 grams and probation violations for previous charges of possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana. He was being held on $2,000 bond on the new charges and no bond on the previous charges and is due in court May 3 at 8 a.m., jail records show.