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Leesburg man jailed after trying to flee on foot during drug arrest

Dennis Jetory Isom
Dennis Jetory Isom

A Leesburg man tried to run from police while being arrested after marijuana, plastic baggies and two scales were found in his vehicle during a traffic stop early Tuesday.

Dennis Jetory Isom, 37, of 2222 Lake Pointe Circle, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia used in transportation, and resisting arrest without violence after being pulled over for a missing taillight at around 1:45 a.m. near the Cutrale juice plant on North Lake Street. Isom told the Leesburg police officer who stopped him that he was traveling home from his girlfriend’s house and didn’t realize the light wasn’t working, according to the police report.

Isom gave permission to search the vehicle. During the search, the officer found a black and red shoulder bag that contained a clear bag containing a green leafy substance that resembled marijuana, two digital scales, two cell phones, and four clear baggies that contained multiple smaller clear baggies, the report said.

At that point, the officer tried to place Isom in handcuffs, but Isom broke away and started fleeing on foot southbound on Lake Street. After a brief chase, the officer caught Isom about 60 yards east of the traffic stop’s location. Isom was arrested and taken to the Leesburg Police Department, where the green leafy substance tested positive for marijuana and was weighed at 20.8 grams, according to the report.

After being read his Miranda warning, Isom told the officer said the clear baggies were for storing tool parts for his business. He then said he didn’t know why the scales were in the bag, the report said.

Isom was taken to the Lake County Jail. He was released later Tuesday on $5,000 bond and will appear in Lake County Court on June 6.

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